On Tuesday, July 22, around 2 a.m., ”indignant citizens”, nationalist thugs that is , assaulted Afghan workers at the district Sotiras or Kouskouni near Areopolis in Lakonia Prefecture, Peloponnese. According to the police report around ten people wearing hoodies broke and entered in the Afghans’ house and beat them with clubs. Then they fired a gun on the air and left with their cars. Four Afghans were taken to the Health Center of Areopolis and Sparta Hospital, and were allowed to return home in the afternoon of the same day. The police mentions some small dispute the Afghans had with Greek locals in the previous days.
This is the second major racist incident in Sparta in the last months. On February 5 2010, a group of 13 adolescents 14-17 years old set the house of Banghladeshi workers on fire. The workers who were sleeping inside took notice of the fire in the last instance and managed to escape. The young arsonists posted on the web the video they had shot with their cell phones some hours later.
adaptation of this enet article.
Posted by clandestinenglish on 24 July 2010
In gateway-to-Italy Ionian Sea town of Igoumenitsa (see here
for previous reports) the situation gets harsher. Immigrants are seen searching for food and clothing in rubish cans. The nearby area of Ladochori has been turned informally into a containment area by the police, which guards there immigrants not allowing them even to walk through to the town of Igoumenitsa. Locals now demand that immigrants leave their village because they “steal and cause trouble”. At the same time the local branch of the DIA supermarket brand denies entry to immigrant customers for security reasons. The politics of seggregation have given rise to a culture of xenophobia.
There are also reports of an immigrant head injured by a track driver at the port area.
What’s more, the police thugs of DI.AS. force, infamous for their tactic to raid demonstration lines on their motorbikes and injure people, have arrived in Igoumenitsa town. They can now be seen on their bikes hunting immigrants.
On Tuesday, July 27, people in Igoumenitsa will gather to offer immigrants clothing and other needed stuff in solidarity.