It’s not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism

by LAURIE PENNY Actual fascists in actual black shirts are waving swastikas and murdering ethnic minorities in Athens. “After the immigrants, you’re next.” That’s what was written on flyers that appeared this week in the gay clubbing district of Athens. As violence against immigrants and ethnic minorities escalates across Greece, supporters of the ultra-right Golden Dawn … Continue reading

Spain police, miners clash in Madrid protest

Associated Press. Spanish miners and sympathizers incensed with the nation’s seemingly endless austerity cutbacks clashed with riot police on one of Madrid’s most famed avenues Wednesday, and six demonstrators were hospitalized after police fired rubber bullets. Police made seven arrests, and two officers were injured. The miners’ march into the capital was the culmination for some … Continue reading

Security firm spies on Reuters correspondent

(Reuters) – A private security team was hired to follow and photograph a Reuters special correspondent who has written a series of articles exposing mismanagement in Greek banks. Stephen Grey, who was in Athens last week for further reporting, was followed to a meeting at a building in the city on June 20. The unidentified … Continue reading

MPs from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn arrested over racist attack

Two newly elected MPs from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were among six people arrested over an attack on a Pakistani man in Athens, in the latest in a series of incidents that have raised fears that Greece‘s immigrants are being targeted in the runup to this month’s crucial elections. Ilias Panagiotaros and Ioannis Vouldis were briefly held … Continue reading

‘Sacrificed for a future that never came’: Family tragedy tells the story of Greece

Aigio, Greece (CNN) — The bank where she died in Athens is still shrouded in green tarpaulin and boarded off with corrugated iron. Graffiti scrawled in black across the front reads: “Traitors” and “killers.” This is where Angeliki Papathanasopoulou put in 12-hour days as a financial analyst at Marfin Egnatia Bank, working not only for the … Continue reading

Greece arrests 17 HIV-positive women in brothels

Greek authorities announced the arrest of 17 HIV-positive women who allegedly worked illegally as prostitutes, accusing them of intentionally causing serious bodily harm.   This is an appalling violation of human rights and medical confidentiality … an unprecedented action stigmatization The names and photographs of 12 of the women were published on the Greek Police’s website, … Continue reading

Greece offers “cop-for-hire” service to raise cash

(Reuters) – In a bid to raise cash, Greek police are offering a 30 euro ($39) per hour “cop-for-hire” scheme for private companies or citizens seeking protection at special events. Police said the service was provided only under special circumstances, such as cases of high-security risk, and that revenues would be used to fund police … Continue reading

Greece – Riot police deliberately attack journalists covering street demonstrations

(picture by Marios Lolos) Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns a new wave of deliberate attacks on reporters and photographers in Athens and calls on the security forces to immediately identify those persons within their ranks who were responsible. “The respite was short,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The riot police, who were criticized after the abuses of … Continue reading

Greek photographer hospitalised by police

Greek photographer Marios Lolos, President of Press-Photographers Union of Greece is undergoing brain surgery after reportedly being beaten by riot police in Athens yesterday. We wish to extend our union branch’s solidarity and best wishes. Journalists have every right to gather news without being subjected to intimidation and violence. The targeting of journalists is completely unacceptable and the … Continue reading

Greece plans detention sites for illegal migrants

ATHENS, Greece—Authorities in financially troubled Greece on Monday detailed plans to build detention centers for 30,000 illegal immigrants by 2014, a project they claimed would help fight rampant inner-city crime, deter economic migrants and create thousands of local jobs. Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis said 30 facilities — officially named “closed hospitality centers” — would … Continue reading