Watchdog warns of rise in racist violence

There were more than 281 racist attacks in Greece between January 2012 and April 2013, leading to at least four murders and 400 injuries, Ombudsman Calliope Spanou informed Parliament on Wednesday.

In the report delivered by the citizens’ watchdog, Spanou warned that the “rise in racist violence, the impunity of the assailants and the lack of action from state authorities are undermining social cohesion and the state’s foundations.”

Spanou said that of the 281 cases of racist violence reported to the Ombudsman, 71 are alleged to have involved Golden Dawn members or supporters and 47 police officers. She called for an official register for racist offenses.

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