Complaints flood in to rights centers

Seven special advice centers for non-European Union nationals living in Greece, set up in as many Greek cities by a partnership of five organizations that deal with civil rights, received 500 complaints from non-EU citizens within less than a month.

Among the complaints heard by staffers at the “bureaus for support against discrimination against non-EU citizens” was one from a man who said he was physically abused by a police officer at the central Athens Omonia precinct.

Another said he was refused dessert at a soup kitchen on the grounds that he isn’t Greek, while there were may claims of workplace abuse. The program was launched on May 27 and has EU funding through June. Organizers said they would try to continue their work with private funds.