Greek Immigrant in Germany Giorgos Zantiotis Dies in Police Custody
L’événement n’a pas éte reporté par la presse et les autres grands médias allemands. Seule exception le journal TAZ / Die Tageszeitung :
Les faits : A Wuppertal un jeune immigré grec ayant subi peu avant une intervention chirurgicale pour réduire son obésité est arrêté dans une situation conflictuelle. Malgré les indications de sa soeur sur sa situation médicale auprès de la police les fonctionnaires l’emmènent dans une cellule d’arrestation au lieu de le conduire à l’hôpital. L’homme de 25 ans y meurt peu de temps après avoir subi une prise de sang forcée.
Commentaire : Wuppertal est une ville dont les administrations pratiquent une sorte de loi informelle à la limite de la légalité appellée « Wuppertaler Landrecht ». Il s’agit de décisions administratives systématiquement sans fondé dans les textes de loi. Ceci se pratique toujours dans le but d’empêcher l’accès aux soutiens et allocations par les pauvres.
Dans ce contexte il n’est pas étonnant de voir des conséquences meurtrières lors d’interventions du bras armé des administrations. Le mépris du pauvre et de l’étranger a l’air de constituer le bruit de fond qu’on sous-entend à chaque acte officiel dans cette ville.
Greek Immigrant in Germany Giorgos Zantiotis Dies in Police Custody
Greek immigrant in Germany Giorgos Zantiotis died while in police custody in Wuppertal, Germany. Credit: Henning Schlottmann/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0
Greeks in Germany are searching for answers after the death of immigrant Giorgos Zantiotis while in police custody in the city of Wuppertal, in western Germany.
The cause of death for the man, who was only 25 years of age, is not yet known, and the mystery surrounding his death has caused the hashtag #GiorgouZantioti to trend on Twitter amongst Greeks, particularity those living in Germany.
The man’s body has not yet been handed over to his family in the full week since his death on November 2, and the coroner has not yet released any report containing the details of his passing.
Zantiotis’ sister, Maria, recently described the experience while speaking on the ALPHA television channel:
“I’m trying to get some answers and I’m not having any success. For so many days they haven’t even allowed us to see my brother, nor give him a funeral. He’s in a freezer by himself, and we can’t even say our final goodbyes. I feel like my hands are tied. I want to learn what really happened.”
Cause of Giorgos Zantiotis’ death not yet known
Zantiotis worked with his mother at a gyro shop in the city of Wuppertal before his death.
His family have stated that the young Greek immigrant faced some health problems, and had placed an intragastric balloon in his stomach to aid in weight loss. Some contend that if Zantiotis had been hit or physically attacked, it could have caused his death due to his health issues.
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A video of the man’s arrest circulated on Twitter, showing Zantiotis, lying prone on the street, being taken into custody by German police officers while his sister told them to stop because he had recently had surgery.
The local prosecutor stated that police were called to the scene after a taxi driver called authorities stating that he had seen two siblings arguing and that one was hurt.
Theories swirl surrounding death of Greek immigrant in Germany
German police claim that Zantiotis tried to tackle a policewoman to the ground and that he resisted his arrest, injuring two officers in the process. According to the statement provided by local police, forces on the scene had to wait for backup to arrive in order to bring the Greek immigrant into custody.
Upon taking him to the station, police claimed that they suspected Zantiotis was under the influence of drugs, so they took a blood sample from him. They claim that he then suddenly passed out, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Despite this, some theories have circulated amongst local community members, as well as social media users, that Zantiotis, who had recently had surgery, passed away after being subjected to violence in the police station.
Activists have taken to the streets to demonstrate in solidarity with Zantiotis. They claim that he is the sixth person to die in police custody in Germany this year.
Maria, the deceased man’s sister, still has many questions regarding her brother’s death.
“I want to learn what happened to him during those two hours from when they split us up to when he died at the police station…Why did they only tell me that there were no external injuries? Why did the press office only inform the media six days after (his death)? Why did the incident remain hidden for so many days? Why didn’t they take him with me to the hospital? Where are my brother’s pants and shirt?”
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Wuppertal’s authorities deny the allegations of police brutality, and state that his death was likely due to “an underlying health condition combined with the consumption of drugs.”
The Greek Embassy in Berlin, as well as the Consulate General in Dusseldorf, Germany have stated that they are in contact with Zantiotis’ family and will offer them consular assistance throughout the difficult time.
“The Greek authorities in Germany are in contact with the appropriate German authorities, and it is expected that they will complete the investigation,” a statement from the Greek Embassy reads.
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Wir sind wütend über den Tod von Giorgos Zantiotis ! – 13. November : Demonstration in Wuppertal !
Greek man dies in custody in Germany | eKathimerini.com
German media reported Giorgos Zantiotis’ death on Sunday, saying that he had been arrested on November 1 after causing a disturbance outside a nightclub, in which he is said to have attacked his sister and a police officer.
His sister has reportedly published a video on social media showing him being violently subdued by police while calling out for help.
Greece Demands Answers in Death of Greek Immigrant in Germany - thetimes.gr
Greece is demanding answers regarding the death of Greek immigrant Giorgos Zantiotis while in police custody in Wuppertal, Germany this week.
The Greek Foreign Ministry has formally requested that German authorities provide them with a full report of what happened to the Greek citizen before his death.
Zantiotis died after being taken into police custody on November 2. Since the 25-year-old’s passing, not many details surrounding his death have been released. Many theories regarding his cause of death have circulated, particularly that he had been beaten in the police station.
The case has been the center of controversy, as his death was reported in the German media five days after it happened. By that time, a video of Zantiotis’ arrest had already begun to circulate on social media.