A Greek court has handed 30-month suspended sentences to two Albanian lorry drivers who were arrested last Sunday at the Kakavia border crossing, while transporting over 1,500 ordinary school books dedicated to Albanian children in Greece.
Drivers Altin Tafa and Agim Asllani were found guilty two days ago in Greece for “spreading propaganda”.
Albania’s Ioannina Consul, Sofokli Vasili, whose request to represent the two men was denied by the court, testified in their defense.
Greeks are sensitive to the historical truths about Albanians in Greece. They want to erase any memories regarding Chameria, a former Albanian region in northern Greece that has been ethnically cleansed by Greeks after the Second World War. They also try to divert the truth regarding indigenous Albanians in Greece, called Arvanites (considered as Greeks by Greek propaganda), who played a crucial role during Greek War of Independence.
Any Albanian text book mentioning these historical facts is considered as a propaganda material by Greek officials and government.