More testimonies of abuse and humiliation at the Acropolis Police Station Torture Chamber
Posted by clandestina on 4 January 2010
On December 23, the same day that the Chilean immigrant Pedro Navarro was arrested and tortured, African street vendors received the same treatment by police officers who participated in operations coordinated by Greek Police and the Municipality of Athens at the down-town Athens commercial streets.
One of them, Joe Usman said:
I was arrested by three police men and a police woman at Ermou str. They handcuffed me, then took me to a dark spot near the church of Kapnikarea and one of them hit me with his knee at the stomach by pulling my head down. Then they took me to the police station, I was in great pain and ponaga much and I vomitted. They then took me to hospital. When we left the doctors gave me some document but the police took it from me. Within the Police Station I saw one more Senegalese guy being beaten very hard.
They left me free on December 30 “.
Gil Dawa said:
“Police arrested me on December 29 at 6 to 7 pm at Ermou str. I was on my way home, I was not selling anything. I asked them ‘do you need to see my papers and they said ‘ no ‘. They threw me down and raised my leg to my head. They handcuffed me and took me on foot at the Acropolis Police Station. On the way they hit me on my mouth. I was forced to go up the stairs with handcuffs and with my hands on my back; they kept shouting and kicking me. They told their superior that they did this because I was making fuss.
In my cell they stripped me off my clothes while I still I had the cuffs on and then beat me on my head, feet and hand with their arms and clubs. They photographed me naked and they were laughing shouting “Fuck you black asshole, this is Greece, leave, go to Africa.” After laughing they were teasing my dick and put a finger in my ass. They let me go the next day; I went to hospital and the doctors gave me some paper [apparently about beating marks etc] “