Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Bishoy, a 25-year-old Egyptian asylum seeker, at an anti-racist demonstration in the southern Athens suburb of Kallithea, where he was a victim in one of two separate racist attacks in May 2012 that left four migrants injured.

Forget just for a moment about austerity and left wing, anarchist, and labor marches in Greece for just a moment.  Forget about the election results and new governments and all that for just a moment.  Focus instead on the rising tide of racist and fascist violence (and the lack of any action against it from the State) overwhelming Greece today.  Migrant workers are being targetted for attack, vicsous pogroms, and it has to be confronted head on.

Want to read something scary and disgusting.  How about this from the NY Times:

 A week after an extremist right-wing party gained an electoral foothold in Greece’s Parliament earlier this summer, 50 of its members riding motorbikes and armed with heavy wooden poles roared through Nikaia, a gritty suburb west of here, to telegraph their new power.

As townspeople watched, several of them said in interviews, the men careened around the main square, some brandishing shields emblazoned with stylized swastikas, and delivered an ultimatum to immigrants whose businesses have catered to Nikaia’s Greeks for nearly a decade.

“They said: ‘You’re the cause of Greece’s problems. You have seven days to close or we’ll burn your shop — and we’ll burn you,’ ” said Mohammed Irfan, a legal Pakistani immigrant who owns a hair salon and two other stores. When he called the police for help, he said, the officer who answered said they did not have time to come to the aid of immigrants like him.

Doctors and nurses in hospital emergency rooms confirm the seriousness of what is happening.  “During every shift we treat six or more cases of beatings of foreigners,” an unnamed surgeon at Evangelismos Hospital told media representatives, adding that most victims were treated for bruises, abrasions and knife wounds.

The Greek police are doing nothing to oppose the wave of racist and downright fascist violence which is sweeping Greece. 

Ekathimerini reports that last Thursday night immigrant shopkeepers demonstrators from the Pakistani community, leftists and anti-racists groups joined together to demonstrate against the rising attacks against immigrants .  Following their really they marched to the local police precinct station and charged the police with cooperating with Golden Dawn's thugs by covering up their racist attacks.

Amazingly, perhaps,the former head of the police officers' union seems to agree. The former head of the Panhellenic Confederation of Police Officers (POASY), Dimitris Kyriazidis, is the first with experience of the force to make a clear accusation against the police with respect to its handling of cases involving Golden Dawn, writes Ekathinmerini.

“The police leadership has to take immediate measures against incidents of vigilantism, which are taking place across the country with immigrants as the target,.The heads of the police cannot turn a blind eye to far-right groups that are affiliated to Chrysi Avgi and which are rampaging through the country.”

“The crime of vigilantism, such as that carried out by groups who want to replace law enforcement, should be treated separately and carry tougher sentences.”

Good luck with that.    

On Monday night  a group of nazi thugs from Golden Dawn gathered in a cafe in the city of Agrinion in Westen Greece.  What happened next has to happen every time these storm troopers come together.  The blog From the Greek Streets tells us a group of anti-fascists found out about the meeting and stormed the cafe.  The nazis fled in terror.  Hooray!  

The post below from Human Rights Watch is appearing today all over the net and all over the media.  Usually, I avoid things that everyone else is reporting, but not this time.  This news has to get around everywhere.

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