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Youths mark Cretan teacher with swastikas

Police on Crete yesterday were seeking the two men who carved swastika symbols on the arm of a 27-year-old teacher on Wednesday night - the latest in a string of racist crimes on the island in the past two months. The woman was attacked while getting into her car in the Halepa suburb of Hania by two masked youths who used a razor blade to carve two Nazi symbols onto the skin of her left arm and another three on her jacket sleeve. Police said they believe the perpetrators had targeted her as she had been offering Greek language lessons to the children of immigrants. Nikos Tzaras, a spokesman for the Cretan Migrant Forum condemned the attack as «barbaric and cowardly» and said he believed the assault and other racist attacks were being coordinated by «a center in Hania.» Wednesday's attack follows a string of assaults on migrants and two attacks on a synagogue in Hania last month.

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