Migrant groups report racially motivated attacks

Migrant groups will be meeting on Wednesday with Giorgos Ioakeimidis, the mayor of Nikaia and Rendi, in order to address reports of escalating attacks against immigrants in the Nikaia, Korydallos and Rendi neighborhoods on the outskirts of Piraeus, they said on Tuesday.

The Pakistani Community of Greece and the United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat Movement called a press conference on Tuesday, giving a detailed report of attacks suffered by 60 Pakistani men over the course of the last three months that sent all of them to the hospital. They said the attacks took place mostly in the evening and were accompanied by xenophobic comments and verbal abuse.

They also added that some 20 assaults had taken place in the central Athenian suburb of Kolonos in the past year alone outside a makeshift mosque.

Speaking ahead of his meeting with the migrants? representatives, Ioakeimidis admitted that racially motived attacks have been taking place in area in the past four or five years, but said that they were the result of ?ignorance and unemployment? among marginalized youths.

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