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Greek Fascists Target Muslims and Other ‘Immigrants’

Eric Allen Bell’s “expel them” rhetoric in practice.:

Greek fascists target Muslims and other ‘immigrants’

Dressed in black shirts with faces hidden by helmets, ten men on motorbikes came to find him on a Saturday, after darkness fell.

Finding the door bolted at his home in a pot-holed Athens side street, they smashed the windows, broke in and trashed the place. Then, their dirty work done, the neo-Nazi gang roared away into the hot evening. It had taken less than a minute for them to sound an ugly warning that foreigners were not welcome in Greece.

Their target was Imam Shahbaz Siddiqi, a 42-year-old spiritual leader of the Greek capital’s 500,000 Muslims. “I was at the mosque praying when they searched for me the other night,” he told me yesterday. “I thank God for that, or else I might now be dead.

“During the night I went three times to the police station to report the break-in. At the desk I was told that the officers did not have time to investigate my complaint. They were too busy. There is one law for the Greek people and another for us immigrants.”

The attack on Imam Siddiqi is the latest racist outrage by neo-Nazis in a country riddled with xenophobia. In an era of crushing debt and poverty, the immigrant is blamed for almost every Greek ill.

On the same weekend, a young Pakistani immigrant, Hussein Abbas, was viciously attacked outside his home in Elefsina on the outskirts of Athens by the men in dark shirts. He ended up in hospital, his face smashed to a bloody pulp.

So dangerous are the streets for foreigners that the U.S. State Department has sent out a warning to dark-skinned American visitors that they must be careful of their safety when they leave their hotels.

A shocking internet video shows leaders of the anti-immigrant Far-Right Golden Dawn party – which has 18 MPs – marching into an ethnic street market at Rafina, an hour’s drive from Athens, destroying the stalls with wooden clubs and scattering the merchandise to the ground.

“We found a few illegal immigrants selling their wares without permits,” says Giorgos Germenis, one of the party’s MPs. “We did what our party has to do and then went to church to pay respects to the Madonna.”

Daily Mail, 18 October 2012

Postscript:  Golden Dawn are not without their admirers on the far right in the UK.

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  • George Carty

    @mindy1

    I’d expect that Islamophobia would be particularly strong in Greece and other ex-Ottoman nations, as the national identity of such countries is to a large part defined against Islam and Muslims.

    I remember watching a YouTube video by a female convert to Orthodox Christianity, who pointed out that Greek women stopped wearing headscarves after independence because they were associated with the Ottoman occupation, even though the custom had in fact pre-dated Ottoman rule.

  • Ilisha

    @Simon

    I went back to the original source of this article, the Daily Mail, and there is no link provided to the alleged US State Department warning.

    However, there is a travel warning for Greece that says this:

    “…There have been recent reports of violent attacks by extremists in Athens and other major urban areas against persons who are perceived to be foreign migrants….”

    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1127.html

    Is it reasonable to interpret this memo as referring to those who are “dark skinned”? I’m not sure, but it would be preferable if the Daily Mail had provided a link back to the document they referenced.

    If there are any other warnings that might be a better match, I wasn’t able to find them either.

  • Simon

    So dangerous are the streets for foreigners that the U.S. State Department has sent out a warning to dark-skinned American visitors that they must be careful of their safety when they leave their hotels.

    Where was this warning made? I have looked all over the US State Dept. website and founding nothing.

  • Xithurel

    They should hang life sized Mussolini’s upside down; to remind them of the last time they decided to hate their fellow man – for no apparent reason other than being born.

  • Wanderer

    This is truly shocking. A country will always have its fair share of racists and nationalists; but when the police, the custodians of the law, dispense preferential justice, then how will the balancing effect of justice ever gain traction?

    Is Greece sliding into the unthinkable?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold CriticalDragon1177

    @Emperor

    I have a feeling “Bare Naked Islam Bonnie” approves. There are a lot of really sick people in the world, unfortunately.

  • mindy1

    OMG what is wrong with people??? I’ve heard that greece is nationalistic. A classmate of mine who is half greek, said that her fully greek neighbors would harass her :( but these kinds of actions are reprehensable :(

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