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Greece: Protests Against Stabbing of Pakistani Man By Golden Dawn Attackers

Immigrants take part in an anti-racism rally in Athens

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Anti-racism protesters rally in Athens after stabbing

(Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday paraded the coffin in central Athens of a Pakistani immigrant who was stabbed to death earlier this week, praying and opening the casket to show his face in protest at racist attacks in the country.

About 5,000 immigrants and human rights activists later gathered in the city’s central Omonia square, police said, to demonstrate against racism, holding banners reading “Neo-Nazis out” and “Punishment for the fascist murderers of Shehzad Luqman”.

The 27-year-old Pakistani was stabbed to death by two men on a motorcycle as he rode his bicycle to work in an Athens suburb in the early hours of Wednesday, in an attack police say may have been racially motivated.

“Perhaps his murder will bring hope that these attacks will stop. We are protesting for the government to take measures to stop racist attacks,” Javied Aslam, head of the Pakistani Community organization told Reuters, as about 300 Pakistani immigrants gathered outside city hall with the coffin.

Greece is a gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union through its porous sea and land borders each year. They face rising hostility during the country’s worst economic downturn in six decades.

“Greek people have fought against fascism,” said Reza Golami, spokesman for the union of Afghans in Greece. “It is our duty to continue our struggle. Democracy was born in this country, it must not die here”.

A police official told Reuters earlier this week a 25-year-old and a 29-year-old firefighter had admitted to stabbing Luqman in the chest following a drunken argument.

ATTACKS RISE

Police discovered dozens of pamphlets of the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party in the home of one of the attackers.

Golden Dawn, which says it wants to rid Greece of illegal immigrants, won 7 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections last June, entering the assembly for the first time on its fiercely anti-immigrant agenda.

Recent opinion polls show it ranks third among Greek political parties, with support at 10.7 to 12 percent.

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, says racist attacks have risen to alarming levels during the crisis, which has made more than one in four Greeks unemployed and eroded living standards, with authorities doing little to tackle the problem.

Rights groups say most victims are attacked in public spaces such as squares or on public transport, usually by groups of men dressed in black and at times with their faces covered.

Amnesty International said Luqman’s killing was not an isolated incident but showed a “continuing failure” of the Greek authorities to take action to put an end to racist violence.

(Writing by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Carty/669388594 George Carty

    That’s because about half of all Greek police are Golden Dawn supporters.

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    Sir David

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Do you think this insulting poster just might be a troll and muhammad might not be his real name ?
    Sir David

  • Solid Snake

    Ass-lifting? why, that hasn’t been an official sport since Great Leader Vilhelm The Brute was king of Macedonia! You sure have some peculiar hobbies my friend. As a note, not all countries who participate in the sport of Ass-lifting are Muslim countries.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENuuJ9fclNc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • muhammad ahammad

    worry about christians in assliftng(muslim) countries instead you hagseed. the occurences will repeat as islam is being abhored for its role in viloence

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  • Kirook

    I found this comment on the article:

    The lesson here is that paranoid right-wingers need to be more heavily armed than everyone else. See, liberals only have to defend themselves against real threats — crazy wingnuts need to defend themselves against real threats and the USSR, Osama bin Laden, abortions, home invaders coming to steal the refrigerator off their porch, deer, deer wearing bulletproof vests, the sasquatch, UFOs, FEMA, the National Weather Service, the UN, the IPCC, Charles Darwin, Martians, demons, girls possessed by demons, vaccines, fluoridated water, and sharks with lasers.

    And it’s proof of the liberal blindness to these forces conspiring against us that we haven’t been attacked by them yet — they’re out there, waiting for us to put our guard down.

  • Lord Nelson

    Greece traditionally had the lowest crime rates in Europe until the arrival of vast numbers of penniless illegals into their midst. Deport the illegals and the low level of crime will return.

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    Speaking of the Devil,

    Remember that West Point Study, I told you guys about recently? Guess who’s complaining about it?

    Pamela Geller: Why Is America Being So Mean To Domestic Terrorists?
    http://wonkette.com/497750/pamela-geller-why-is-america-being-so-mean-to-domestic-terrorists

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    Wow…
    The birthplace of western society falling apart at the seams. Who would imagine how the definition of ‘individual’ would mean survival or defeat of a whole culture by it’s own hand.

  • Heinz Catsup

    Disgusting. Just disgusting.

  • Reynardine

    Well, you guys are right. As Great Beasts go, Crowley is pretty tame by modern standards.

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  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Haha… ah, the Great Beast himself, eh? Personally I’d much prefer him over the neo-Nazis. :-D

  • mindy1

    What’s said is that a party like that has support at all :(

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    Well at least a large number of people are making themselves clear that they’re concerned about what just happened, are not taking the side of perpetrator. Hopefully this will help turn people over there away from the Golden Dawn fascists.

  • Reynardine

    This is a tragic incident in a serious trend, yet I can’t see a headline like this one without thinking, “Aleister Crowley is really out of control”.

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