lundi 12 septembre 2011

The Maltese trample the Turkish flag since 1565.

September 18, 2004, hundreds of protesters met at the call of the National Action Party (MHP Nationalist) in front of the Consulate of Malta in Istanbul to protest against the fact that the Turkish flag is regularly trampled in the celebrations in honor of the Knights of Malta, according to the Anatolia news agency.
         "We appeal once again to the State of Malta. No state can show disrespect to the Turkish flag, "
told the consular premises Mehmet Yildirim, head of the local MHP quoted by the Anatolia news agency.
         Mr. Yildirim has invited the Turkish government to send a warning to Malta by recalling its ambassador to the island and returning the consul of Malta in his country until the insult is washed.
         On September 7, 1565, the Turks give up the island of Malta after a siege of three months. This episode in the history of Malta is known as the Great Siege and so impressed the Maltese who were for the invincible sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
         He had doubled the size of the Ottoman Empire. The island of Malta is then governed by a monastic order, the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, led by Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette (70 years). 30,000 Turks landed on the island and try to invest the forts occupied by the knights.
         The fort's most advanced, St. Elmo, fell after a month and all its defenders die. They are nailed to the crosses that the Turks sent in the pass of Malta to undermine the morale of the other defenders. What Valletta replied by bombarding the Turkish side with the heads of Turkish prisoners.
         Finally, the besiegers, unwilling to spend the winter on the island, are resigned to return to Istanbul. The Grand Master can not be stunned by its success. It strengthens the fortifications of the island and founded a new capital, which since his death, bears his name, Valletta.
         The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta retains its rituals and customs including the trampling of the Turkish flag on September 7 of each year to commemorate their victory in 1565.

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