22 Apr
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Sworn testimony for the racist attacks in Aspropyrgos

On Friday 20/4, the Deputy Director of HumanRights360 gave a sworn testimony before the Department for Combatting Racist Violence of the Hellenic Police regarding the recurring Racist Violence in Aspropyrgos.

We remind that, along with representatives of other organizations [Hellenic League for Human Rights, Pakistan Community of Greece UNITY, Migrants Integration Council of Athens and the Movement United against Racist and the Fascist Threat (K.E.E.R.F.A.)], we had submitted a formal complaint to the Athens Prosecutor’s Office last June.

The racist attacks in Goritsa Aspropyrgos are coordinated and recurring. These are acts of extreme and murderous violence by a group of perpetrators with a reoccurring modus operandi. The victims were mainly Pakistani land workers, however their Greek employers have also been targeted. It should be noted that the local police station has shown throughout this time unacceptable tolerance towards organized racist violence, given that the victims have already recognized the perpetrators of the attacks, but without any results.

The prosecution report includes details of the attacks while photographic material and videos in relation to the actions of the group were filed to facilitate the authorities’ investigations and to clarify the attacks in order to ascribe responsibilities. The organizations’ request is to create a single case for all correlated lawsuits and to give the appropriate importance and priority to a criminal phenomenon that directly threatens our social cohesion and democratic freedoms.

We reiterate our request for a speedy and efficient prosecution by the police and the judicial authorities.