Migrants speak out on attacks

Immigrants from Pakistan gave accounts of violent assaults at the hands of suspected right-wing extremists on Thursday during a press conference in Athens held by the Movement Against Racism.

Mohamed Zahib, 23, said he had been attacked in Corinth, where he works, last Sunday. He said a man on a motorcycle asked him if he was from Pakistan. When he said no, the man left, only to return with another two people on motorcycles with the lights turned off. One hit him on the head with a club, he said, adding that he woke up in the hospital faced by four police officers. ?They told me to say the attackers were Pakistanis, not members of Chrysi Avgi,? he said, referring to the ultra-right Golden Dawn.

Mohamed Aslem, 25, said he too was attacked in Corinth by men on motorcycles.

Ali Kasar, also 25, said he was beaten in Nikaia, near Piraeus, with one man using brass knuckles. Yulam Mourtz, who was beaten in Keratsini, said he was too scared to leave his house.

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