Migration and Struggle in Greece

Racist Violence Against Migrants By Greek Police

Posted by clandestina on 27 November 2012


Dozens of unknown incidents of racist violence, arbitrariness and abuse of office by members of the Greek Police are publish today in Sunday edition of news paper TO ETHNOS. Torture, insulting and even theft are the among the complaints filed by migrants and migrants human rights organisations.

A list of cases records the appalling detains of fascist practices by member of Greek police, practices that are completely ‘harmonized’ with the practices of extreme right Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi).

Among the cases under investigation by the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Police are: torture, insults of sexual dignity, theft, extortion, but also destruction of legal document.

From the preliminary results of the investigation, it looks as if in the majority of the incidents listed, the police officers involved apparently keep -in addition to a common mindset – also ‘loyal’ relations with the Golden Dawn.

14/8/2012 – Aigaleo (Egaleo/ Western Athens)
Torture from other times

Not only insulted and mocked about their origin but they were tortured and humiliated. According to complaint by Pakistani community police officers at Egaleo blackened with pliers one migrant’s nails and cut off with scissors of another arrested. The policemen abused with vulgar racist jokes the two Pakistani nationals, who were detained.

13/7/2012 – Agios Panteleimon (Athens district)
Albanian woman with English passport beaten

The woman of Albanian origin had come for holidays in Greece. She visited Agios Panteleimon police station to declare the theft of her mobile phone. Instead, when they found she was of Albanian origin, police officers beat her. The incident was recorded by the Observatory of Police brutality.

6/6/2012 – Police station Municipality Theater /Piraeus

Russian Beaten

The filed complaint was never published. Last June a Russian national filed a complaint via his lawyer that he had been beaten and was tortured by police officers of Piraeus and of the Police Headquarters.

Πριν από μερικά χρόνια, οι εικόνες αστυνομικής βίας στο Τμήμα Ομονοίας είχαν συγκλονίσει το Πανελλήνιο. Σήμερα, τα περιστατικά πυκνώνουν, καταδεικνύοντας τις «αγαστές» σχέσεις μεταξύ ΕΛ.ΑΣ. και Χ.Α.

21/10/2012 – Police station Municipality Theater /Piraeus

Put migrants to beat each other

According to to the complaint, police officer  took her out of detention wards two prisoners, struck them with fists and kicks and put another prisoner to beats them. In response to the reaction of another prisoner to the event, the police officer took him out of the ward as well and bate him with punches in the face, while he was also routinely insulted them with racist expressions.

Βασανιστήρια με πένσα στα νύχια των μεταναστών

25/7/2012 – Liosion (district of Athens)
The robbed him and threw him from the balcony

Police stormed a house where a foreigner was living and started to beat him in order to blackmail him. According to the complaint filed by the Movement “Uniting Against Fascist Threat”, the police threw him from the balcony!

18/9/2012 – Peristeri (Western Athens)
Kicks because he was seeking work

At the junction of Thebes and Pelasgias, police of the DIAS units proceeded against migrants seeking for work.
Police officers stopped in front of an electronic shop where laborers seeking work. During the papers control of a foreigner, the police officer hit him with kicks and punches and insulted him.

16/10/2012 – Omonia Square
Violence against Korean tourist

The tourist from South Korea fell the victim of police violence in the context of  Operation “Xenios Zeus” [ police detains illegal migrants, takes them to detention centres and expels them from the country]
• Police officers (one wearing t-shirt with “Police” sign and on in civilian clothes) controlled the Korean tourist. When he asked their IDs. one policeman punched him in the face. When the tourist screamed for help, two other policemen rushed to the spot and bate him with punches in the face, abdomen, flanks, they stepped on him so he would fall on the ground and handcuffed him. The violence continued also at the police station and the tourist could hear from the many beats. When police found out he was resident of Korea, they let him go. When he asked another officer where is the exit, he told him ”Korean, go back to your home country.”

These are only some of the incidents against foreigners during the last months.(more cases Ethnos)

Minister of public order and citizen protection, Nikos Dendias, wants to even expel from the Greek police those officers involved in the violent racist incidents if the investigation results prove against them.

Dendias plans include also a reconstruction of police in order to combat police violence and abuse of office.

There were often reports in international and national media that Greek police was colluding with the fascist Golden Dawn.

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