New spate of attacks against migrant workers reported in Aspropyrgos


Three separate attacks on migrant workers living in the industrial town of Aspropyrgos near Athens were reported on Monday, as rights groups said there has been a spike in racially motivated assaults in recent months.

The Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) on Monday reported two assaults having taken place on Sunday night on the residences of Pakistani workers as well as an attack on a lone factory worker, also a Pakistani national.

Its report confirmed claims made earlier in the day by, which quoted members of the Pakistani Community of Greece as saying that a group of men who are known in the area threw stones at two houses in the neighborhood of Gorytsa, smashing windows and shouting racist slogans.

The website also claimed that at least 40 attacks have been reported against migrants workers in Aspropyrgos by the same group of men since last August. It added that the anti-racism group KEERFA is planning to hold a press conference on Monday afternoon at Athens police headquarters to demand that more be done to bring the assailants to justice.