senraptakis22Senator Leonidas P. RAPTAKIS
(District 33, Rhode Islands, USA)

State Senator calls the move “a play from the authoritarian playbook” that displays contempt for American democracy and freedom of speech

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Posted at RIEAS web site ( on 1st April 2021

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

(Coventry, RI 3/25/21) As an Hellenic-American legislator, Rhode Island State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-33) annually introduces a resolution recognizing Greek Independence Day and celebrating the strong relationship between Greece and the United States. But this year, his work has attracted the attention of the Turkish Consul General in Boston, Ceylan Özen Erişen, who wrote to the Senate President asking to block the measure.
Read more: Senator Leonidas P Raptakis Letter & Turkish Consulate Letter in Boston