Rally to protest recent racist attacks planned for Friday

The Pakistani Community of Greece, the Union of Migrant Workers and the United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat movement will hold a rally in Omonia Square, central Athens, on Friday at 6 p.m. to protest against the recent rise in racist attacks and the failure of authorities to combat such incidents.

?If you are poor or a migrant, there is no law to protect you,? Ijaz Ahmed, a Pakistani worker who has lived in Greece for 13 years, told journalists on Tuesday.

He alleged that when he called the police to his house after a robbery, he was attacked by officers who told him to return to Pakistan.

Other migrants also told stories of police abuse or indifference.

Petros Constantinou, an Athens municipal councilor and member of the ANTARSYA anti-capitalist party, accused authorities of essentially ?strengthening the work of motorcycle-riding Golden Dawn gangs, who act with impunity through daily attacks on migrants.?

A 19-year-old Iraqi migrant was stabbed to death by men on motorbikes earlier this month.

No arrests have been made.