The sub-humans of Acropolis Police Station puke again their hatred on immigrants.
Posted by clandestina on 18 May 2009
source: athens indymedia article
It is Sunday afternoon and about five cops in the center of Athens at Ermou str. go on for their daily routine of head hunting. What they hunt is immigrants, who work in the streets as vendors. They arrest two of them, of Senegalese origin. They take them at the Police Station of Acropolis and lock them in a cell. Two hours later, 10 cops prepare themselves: they wear their gloves, open the cell, lead the two immigrants in a nearby room and begin to swear on them, kick them, punch them, hit them with police clubs. After puking their disgusting egos on them, they let the immigrants go, with bruises on the hands and feet and swollen heads.
This is but one incident of the “battle of the square”, the daily trench operations of the police who hunt, beat, detain the immigrants who sell their merchandise (hand bags, accesories, dvd’s, paintings) in the street in order to survive. In this battle the Municipal Police has an active role: almost daily they assault the immigrants, beat them, confiscate their merchandise and then let them go. This is the daily terror of downtown Athens, where rights and jurisdiction are luxurious concepts.
Here is a post in Athens Indymedia (in Greek) about an initiative that was formed to defend an other Senegalese immigrant who was not only abused, beaten up and robbed by the Acropolis cops, but also charged and brought to court for “resistance to authority”. Tomorrow May 19 is the trial and a solidarity gathering. The relevant poster is on the left.
There are some encouraging attempts of self-organising defense on the immigrants side. Of course they meet with furious violence on the cops’s side. Here is a relevant post about an incident in Peiraieus.
UPDATE of 20 MAY: The Senegalese was finally convicted with a 5 month bail sentence. The court was particularly aggressive and the decision was based solely on the testimony of cops. For the beating of the Senegalese immigrant, the judge kept saying that was irrelevant for his trial, as there will be another trial for the case. The Cops witnesses were two police officers of AT Acropolis (one woman and one man) and one Municipal policeman. The rest of the cops attending the trial were extremely invidious, and kept calling the immigrant with racist swear-words. Upon exiting the court they were appropriately vituperated by those who had come in solidarity with the immigrant .