The party also highlights diversity among their deputies in an effort to have representative voices for all identities, with Armenian, Yazidis, Arameans (Syriacs), Bosnians and Pomaks
along with Turks and Kurds.
In principle, Greece does not officially recognize the existence of ethnic and language communities other than Greek in the country, although under the Treaty of Lausanne (1923) the Muslims of Western Thrace (Turks, Pomaks
and Gypsies) enjoy protection and rights, and are allowed to maintain their own religious institutions.
5) This included 200,000 Turks and Pomaks
who were expelled from Bulgaria in 1989 (another 100,000 eventually returned to Bulgaria).
So far, pomaks
voted for liberal party Movement for rights and Freedoms (DPS) in regions like the Rhodope Mountains.
In order to explain the oppression on the minorities by the Greek government, the State Department says that Athens refers to ethnic Turks, Pomaks
(Slavs professing Islam) and Roma as "Muslim minority" and statistically recognizes a number of 150,000.
of the ensemble "Sun" from the village of Kocan-Goce Delcev, Bulgaria, performed a set of songs from their homeland, the women's ensemble "Goricanki" represented Mala Prespa, Albania, the ensemble "Faruk Band" represented Brod in Kosovo and a number of singers performed representing Macedonia.
Besides the Turkish Sunni settlers, there are Laz from the Black Sea region and Bulgarian Turks and Pomaks
5 million people including Turks, Pomaks
Ethnic Turks and Pomaks
-- Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule -- are shocked and dismayed at accusations that they aim to create autonomous enclaves and that some of their villages are nests for radical Islam.
Perhaps the descendents of the Rhodopean Pomaks
were admitted to Janissary service as were their brethren from Bosnia and Albania.
Among these, Mihaylova's piece on the Bulgarian borderland shows how an ethnic minority, the Pomaks
, use the lived experience and the strategic narrative of suffering as a tool for political protest and to retain a semblance of pride in a context of growing destitution and emigration.
The idea of the nation-state, according to which there should be a correspondence between a territory and a people, predetermined the attitude of the state towards the "living heritage" of the Ottoman Empire--compact masses of Turkish populations in Southeastern and Northeastern Bulgaria and Pomaks
(Muslim Bulgarians) along the southern border of the country (the Rhodope Mountains).