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(en) Greece, An anti-racism demonstration

Date Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:14:03 +0300


On Saturday September 1, 2012, an anti-racism demonstration took place in central Athens, with Monastiraki Square as the starting point. ---- Hundreds of demonstrators, mainly anarchists, gathered to protest against recent events such as violent, even lethal, attacks against immigrants [el] by members of extremist right-wing group Golden Dawn, the pillory of HIV-positive prostitutes by police, and the government stop-and-search campaign ‘Xenios Zeus' [mainly targeting people of colour for their identification papers]. ---- Demonstrators gathered in Monastiraki. Photo by author. http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_1222-375x251.jpg
Demonstrators advanced to Omonoia Square via Athinas Street and ended up in Monastiraki again. Riot police prevented them from continuing through Panepistimiou Street [which leads to the Greek Parliament], however no further incidents took place, except some minor verbal disputes between some demonstrators and police officers.

Demonstrators in Omonoia Square. Photo by author. http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_1236-375x251.jpg

Demonstrators' banner reads: “Let's smash the fascists and police pogroms. May locals and refugees fight together”. Photo by author. http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_1225-375x251.jpg

Demonstrators blocked at Panepistimiou Street. Photo by author. http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_1242-375x251.jpg
Lately several demonstrations have taken place, organized by different collectives with different beliefs [el]. In the following video, you can see some snapshots from anti-racism protests in August 24 in Athens, mainly supported by refugees: http://vimeo.com/48178370

Most people in Greece, no matter what their politics, are no longer remaining indifferent to racism. Fascism is now institutionalized in Greece, as a neo-nazist party has been elected to parliament.

Old man strongly protests. Photo by author. http://el.globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_1252-375x251.jpg
Greek society is gradually realizing that racism is a threat and must be confronted.
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