Saturday Jul 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Migrants call for protection

Racially motivated attacks against immigrants have intensified in recent months, a prominent member of the local Pakistani community said Tuesday, alleging that police have failed to respond effectively to protect the victims.

Javied Aslam, who is the president of the Pakistani community in Greece, also accused the police of physically abusing foreigners during an unprecedented crackdown on clandestine immigrants.

“In the past six months, knife-wielding fascists have attacked some 500 persons with impunity from the police,” Aslam, who is also chief of Greece’s Migrant Workers’ Association, told Skai Radio Tuesday. “The law does not apply to them,” said the 43-year-old Aslam.

A 19-year-old man from Iraq was killed in an attack outside a makeshift mosque in central Athens in the early hours of Sunday by a group of individuals on motorcycles. Police have yet to make a breakthrough in connection with the fatal stabbing.

The lingering recession and record-high unemployment have helped fan anti-immigrant sentiment here, with foreigners blamed for soaring crime and for “stealing” jobs from Greeks.

Aslam, who has been in Greece since 1996 and currently works as an interpreter at hospitals, said that because of the economic meltdown some 15,000 Pakistanis have left Greece since the crisis began. Immigrants did not come here for a holiday but to find a better future, said Aslam, who also accused police of mistreating migrants during Operation Xenios Zeus.

Code-named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, the ongoing campaign has seen more than 7000 foreigners detained and 1,650 immigrants arrested for not having a valid residence permit. Sixty people were arrested and another 393 were briefly detained Tuesday.

Meanwhile, prompted by complaints of intensifying hate attacks, police in Iraklio, Crete, yesterday began patrolling the neighborhoods populated by immigrants.

Following a string of assaults against migrants in the area, representatives had met with Iraklio’s prosecutor and police chief to demand increased security measures.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 14, 2012 (20:37)  
MP steps in to get power back on at invalid’s home
Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
Coalition hopes to avoid restoring armed forces wages in full
Italy adds to calls for FYROM name row to be solved
Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
Greece’s trade deficit recorded a 9.5 percent increase in the January-May period this year compared with the first five months of 2013, data compiled by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (E...
Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
The number of rooms at five-star hotels in Greece rose by 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism of the Hellenic Chamber of Hot...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. “I l...
SOCCER
Olympiakos downs AC Milan 3-0 in friendly
Greek champion Olympiakos defeated Italy's AC Milan 3-0 late on Thursday in a friendly match that launched the International Champions Cup in Canada and the US. The result, with goals from A...
Inside Sports
TALK
What lessons can we draw from antiquity?
Our theme is limits. And we are gathered here at this limit of Europe, close the to sea: the limitless, the boundless. And we face all sorts of limits. There are the limits of knowledge – fa...
COMMENTARY
Forty years of shortsighted party policies
It is 40 years since the restoration of democracy, and the two main parties which were established in 1974 and determined the country’s fate since then are unable to act their age. For decad...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
2. Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
3. Greeks get slightly less downbeat
4. Banks reluctant to issue credit
5. MP steps in to get power back on at invalid’s home
6. Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Myconos
2. Draghi safety net becoming blindfold as bonds soar
3. Godfather, 35, shot at Karditsa christening dies
4. Aegean Airlines resumes flights to Tel Aviv
5. Thousands of dead fish surface in Lake Pamvotis
6. Police report points to less crime in 2014
Today
This Week
1. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
2. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Unequal after death
5. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
6. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.