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Immigrants in Greece protest against racist attacks

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Immigrants in Greece protest against racist attacks


Several thousand people including many immigrants have demonstated in Athens to protest against increasing racist attacks in crisis-hit Greece.

Mostly from Pakistan, they joined campaign groups in a march on parliament.

They called for an end to police raids on immigrants. Earlier this month 6,000 people were detained in an operation across Athens.

“This is a first action against the racist pogroms of the police which encourage the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn to come out in neighbourhoods and murder and attack people,” said Tasos Anastasiou of the “Expel Racism” movement.

The ultra-nationalist party won 18 parliamentary seats in June’s elections. Its supporters have been accused of violent attacks on immigrants.

Golden Dawn does not condone the assaults but it does blame immigrants for a rising crime wave.

Greece is a major gateway to Europe for economic migrants, and austerity and recession have made them easy targets.

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