Racist attack on nine-year-old in Greece

A young Greek girl was attacked by four men because she was wearing a scarf on her head and they thought she was a refugee.

Dialekti Angeli
Dialekti Angeli NewsMavens, Greece
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Why this story matters:

The attack on the nine-year-old girl took place in the yard of Saint Panteleimonas, a church in Perama Geras in the Greek island of Lesvos. The attack was sudden and totally unprovoked and resulted in the hospitalization of the young girl, although she has now been released.

Police investigated the incident, but did not bring the four offenders to justice because they “apologized” and the mother of the nine-year-old did not file a lawsuit against them.

We might wonder, what these men could have possibly said in apology? “Sorry, we thought she was a refugee”? As if the fact that she could have been a refugee means that she deserves to be attacked? It is crystal clear that the four offenders acted from racist motives and it is infuriating that the police didn’t bring them to justice.

This hate crime did not drop like a thunderbolt from the sky. A few days ago, in the same island, someone vandalized and destroyed a monument for refugees who had lost their lives in the Aegean Sea, fleeing the war and trying to find a better and safer place in Europe.

The Mayor of Lesvos filed a criminal report asking to check the reports on the attack on a nine-year-old child of a Greek family, on the vandalism of the monument of refugees in Thermi and the information on self-organized groups who raid the area of Gera threatening journalists.

Local administrators are discussing reducing congestion in the islands (which serve as hotspots for refugees), not to secure better living conditions for migrants but in order to avoid disturbing the inhabitants. They refuse to create new structures to accommodate the refugees and do not care if new refugees are "stacked" on top of the existing ones. It is the “protection of the inhabitants” which dominates the discussion.

Of course, these are some of the same inhabitants who tolerate, and even participate in, violence against refugees.

Details from the story:

  • The memorial for the refugees was on the edge of the small harbor of Thermi, eight kilometers north of the city of Mytilene and it was set up about six years ago for the victims of shipwrecks, whose bodies had been found in the area.
  • A few days earlier, in the city of Oreokastro in northern Greece, eight people attacked two young refugees who approached them with covered features, and asked them where they were from. As soon as the children declared their country of origin, the group attacked them with bats, hitting them on the head and the body. One child managed to escape while the second wound up in hospital.
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