Hundreds of Greeks in three rallies have taken to the streets to protest against attacks by right-wing extremists against migrants. Two Pakistani immigrants are in hospital after being stabbed at one of the demonstrations in a suburb of Athens.
Its reported one of the injured is in a serious condition. A motorbike and a car stopped in front of the men and a group of people got out and attacked them with knives.
Since the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn won seats in parliament in the June election a sharp rise in attacks against immigrants has been reported. Earlier this month members of the group, led by two of their deputies trashed a market stall belonging to an immigrant who they claim was trading illegally. One of the deputies was quoted as saying it was the group’s duty to root out illegal vendors.
With the country in the grip of a recession Golden Dawn has organised Greeks-only food hand outs.
A statement on the groups website said the raids on migrant street traders without permits would continue until the authorities decided to do their job and stop encouraging illegality.