Violences néo-nazies contre les migrants en Grèce
Un témoignage préoccupant de la part de Joanna Tsoni à Athènes
This report is 100% accurate and spot on, giving at last, a pretty accurate depiction of what is currently taking place in Greece: Golden Dawn, its collusion with the police, and the abolition of even the last pretenses for the observance of fundamental human and civil rights . Anyone that happens to differ -immigrants, lgbt people, political dissidents, and the list goes on- is a potential moving target in the self-proclaimed “new type of civil war against anyone” of Golden Dawn. Paul Mason has been doing a remarkable and praiseworthy work, reporting on major media, in English, about the situation in Greece, which noone else has yet undertaken with such accuracy and rigour. Joanna Tsoni (from Athens).
you can have a look at this page, even though it is in Greek, but the picture speaks a thousand words - along with my Facebook commentary on that. It is only one of the latest incidents: only 3-4 days old : “This is a picture of an immigrant, who was found beaten-up and chained by his neck on a tree at the island of Salamina, in Greece.
Economic crisis allows fascism to fester like a bad disease, an d Europe is under the illusion that this is not relevant to the European citizens. Aside of any important discussion about the European values, morality and solidarity, it is not a bad moment to discuss about stupidity. The stupidity and narrow mindedness of the policy makers who once believed that there will contain the economic crisis in Greece, or in the European South. Of course, all this would have been unnecessary, if people had spent some time reading about the history of Europe of the previous century.
To my non-Greek friends: loving Greece means pressing your governments not for loans for Greece, but for assisting so that policy measures are implemented in Greece now to face fascism now. Today it’s my neighborhood. Unless there is action now, tomorrow it’s going to be in yours, and it is going to be too late. Too late for everyone.”
Golden Dawn members (proclaimed as “indignant locals”) :
For a bit more of a local “flavor” of how these raids of the Golden Dawn members (proclaimed as “indignant locals”) in the immigrant neighbourhoods, smashing shops, community centers and chasing people around, while the police is merely standing and watching (near the end they threaten an african man ordering him to run for his life (from 1:34 on), while the police, are just revving their motorcycle)
Here, their members subsituting police, checking the licences of immigrant street vendors during a street celebration, before going on a destruction spree and wreck the kiosks of several of them.
The police was present during this and other similar raids all over Greece, doing nothing. it’s not only that they cannot, but they simply will not take action agaist them, since the largest part of the police force voted for Golden Dawn (Some 80% according to the police station election results - since police vote in special booths installed in the police stations and the results can be very easily monitored)
The last few days the random attacks of Golden Dawn members in the city center have become organised pogroms in the immigrant neighbourhoods, breaking into shops, hitting and chasing people around, smashing the Tanzanian community twice (The second time installing a small explosive mechanism). The president of the community announced a few days ago that the community will cease its operations for fear of further retaliations, like other communities, such as the Afghan have done)
Pictures and videos of the attacks on the Tanzanian community:
(after the attack with the explosives)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=uHyeEJJUeU8&feature=endscreen (on the first attack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfHokESU3FU&feature=endscreen&NR=1 (on the first attack)
Words actually fail me to keep reporting, right now, on the current situation in Athens regarding the issues raised by Deb Ranjan Sinha.
I would be glad to offer assistance if anyone is interested in more information, and/or raise awareness locally, since the language barrier that afflicts the access of foreign research and media on the local situation is significant, hence the silence, globally.
Joanna Tsoni à Athènes