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Violent Homophobic Attack

I have only just heard about this violent homophobic attack in central Athens that occurred two weeks ago! There are not many details about what happened but Gay Super Hero posted an outline. It seems that a group of thugs attacked people in a bar and then trashed the place while shouting homophobic slogans. The bar had been host to a play about gay issues on previous weekends.

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  1. Michael Scowcroft
    April 4, 2009    

    Thankfully, no one died.

    I’m afraid that wasn’t the case in many recent homophobic attacks in the UK:
    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/08/02/teen-dies-after-homophobic-attack-100252-21454861/

    Homophobic attacks are rising in UK:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6264975.stm

    Gay man stabbed seven times in homophobic knife attack
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-8903.html?referrer=ukgaynews.org.uk

    Man killed in homophobic attack
    http://www.4ni.co.uk/northern_ireland_news.asp?id=45102

    A man has said he was “left for dead” in what police have described as a homophobic attack
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/northern_ireland/7439296.stm

    Homophobia rife in British society, landmark equality survey findshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/01/equality.gayrights

  2. Amber
    April 6, 2009    

    Dear Author,
    I am an American student studying in Athens, and I stumbled across your blog in search of other activists currently located in the city. I am organizing a small demonstration in Syntagma Square on April 25, 2009 in solidarity with an international event called “The Rescue” (http://therescue.invisiblechildren.com).

    The event will draw attention to the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda, and will hopefully bring awareness of this atrocity to Athens. I would love to have help from Greek citizens, as my network in Athens is obviously very small. I have coordinated many events concerning this topic back in the states, but never abroad.

    If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact me.
    Thank you very much, and keep up the great blog.
    Sincerely,
    Amber H.

  3. Michael Scowcroft
    April 7, 2009    

    Amber, that’s a very noble cause and i commend your efforts in highlighting this issue.

    I hope this atrocity is brought to the attention of the UK and US ambassadors. It is our governments’ involvement in arming and training the central African militia which is causing many of the problems we are seeing now with child abduction and child soldiers in Uganda.

    I hope protests are planned outside UK and US embassies in Athens to protest our governments’ covert operations to destabilise and exploit the mineral wealth of the central African countries under the guise of “War on Terror”.

    The Corporate Council on Africa represents 85% of all US private-sector investment in Africa. Members include Asea Brown Baveri (whose former director is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld), Halliburton (Cheney), the Washington Post Company, Raytheon, Military Professional Resources Inc., and oil majors such as ExxonMobil, Chevron-Texaco, Conoco-Philips, Sunoco and Shell.

    According to Wayne Madsen, the Virginia mercenary firm Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI) supported Kagame’s US-backed invasions of Rwanda (from Uganda in 1994), Zaire (1996) and then Congo (1998).

    http://uganda.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/03/30/why_museveni_is_working_for_cia.html

    On March 9, 2004, Le Monde published a report by French anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who found that Paul Kagame, then commanding the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi-led guerilla group operating with the support of Museveni’s Uganda, gave orders for missiles to be fired at the airplane carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents, both ethnic Hutu, on April 6, 1994. The assassinations provoked the Hutu-led genocide in Rwanda–which left up to 800,000 dead, overwhelmingly Tutsis. In the wake of the genocide, the RPF took power, and hundreds of thousands of Hutu fled Rwanda for Congo (then Zaire).

    Critics now say Kagame is cynically using the 1994 genocide to deflect scrutiny of his own war crimes. Human rights organizations have documented RPF atrocities, with perhaps hundreds of thousands of killings from 1990 to 1996. In 1994, UN Special Rapporteur Robert Gersony documented “an unmistakable pattern of RPF killings” of Hutu refugees returning to Rwanda: the report was quickly buried. Amnesty International and other rights groups documented killings of hundreds of thousands of Rwandan refugees (mostly Hutu) in DRC by the UPDF/RPF-led insurgency.

    The Africa-America Institute, another industry interest group, recently presented the AAI African National Achievement Award for 2002-3 to President Museveni of Uganda for “history-making advances that justify optimism for the future of the African continent.

    Wayne Madsen reports that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root set up a military base in southwestern Rwanda in 1995 in preparation for the US-backed invasion of Congo/Zaire to topple the abandoned Mobutu dictatorship.
    Amnesty International in 2002 reported US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Special Forces’ involvement in the 1996 invasion of Congo/Zaire. The report said that DIA assisted Rwandan and Ugandan forces through a program code-named “Falcon Gorilla.” In 1997, the DIA held a Pentagon symposium on privatization of African security operations with Executive Outcomes, Sandline International and mineral interests.

    Madsen also maintains that Carla del Ponte, special prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) was removed due to her unwanted scrutiny of RPF atrocities. In 1997 and 1998, when UN investigators turned their eyes on the RPF, the US, through then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, pressured the ICTR to halt the investigation, Madsen claims. Kagame blasted efforts to investigate RPF atrocities as “evidence of the politicization of the tribunal’s functions.”

    The Pentagon maintains International Military Education and Training (IMET), Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET), Africa Crises Response Initiative (ACRI), and African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) programs with both Rwanda and Uganda. The Washington Post’s Lynne Duke’s reported August 16, 1997, that the RPF benefited from counterinsurgency and combat training from US Special Forces. The Falcon Gorilla operation in support of the Rwanda-Uganda intervention in DRC reportedly came under the purview of JCET.

    Gen. Charles Wald, head of US operations in Africa (under the Pentagon’s European Command), has substantiated direct US support for the Museveni government’s fight against the Sudan-backed Uganda rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), defined as a terrorist organization by the US. The LRA are a brutal and fanatical group, but critics in the Ugandan opposition charge Museveni exploits their terror for propaganda purposes–and that some atrocities attributed to the LRA were carried out by UPDF troops.
    US Ambassador to Uganda Jimmy Kolker told Voice of America April 2 that US aid has consisted mainly of trucks and radios, along with training. He said its total value was some two million dollars. He dismissed reports of greater US military assistance as “grotesquely exaggerated.”

    But it is clear that the US has tilted to Uganda and Rwanda in Africa’s ongoing First World War. Rwanda’s Paul Kagame spoke at least twice at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, and has met with George HW Bush at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, and at the Council on Foreign Relations. Kagame was a guest, with Joseph Kabila, at a Washington prayer breakfast soon after George W Bush assumed office. Ugandan’s Museveni was a guest speaker at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC on June 11, 2004.

    And US military involvement in the region is about to deepen. Preceding his trip to Africa in July 2003, President Bush announced a $100 million aid package for east African countries to fight terrorism, pointing to greater US strategic interest in the region. “We will work with Kenya and Ethiopia and Djibouti and Uganda and Tanzania to improve capabilities… We will give them the tools and the resources to win the War on Terror.”

  4. April 7, 2009    

    @Amber
    Thank you very much for notifying me about your campaign. I will make a post about it today and do what I can to spread the word on my other networks. I think it’s amazing that you are doing this. Have you set up a specific email for people to be able to contact you if they want to help ? Obviously, I don’t want to post your private one. Please feel free to send me updates as and when they happened to thedeviousdiva@gmail.com

    And welcome to my blog!

  5. blue
    April 7, 2009    

    @Amber

    I think you should also come in contact with athens indymedia at http://athens.indymedia.org/. They usually post these kind of demonstartions on their schedules.

  6. Amber
    April 7, 2009    

    Thank you very much, I appreciate any help that I can get. Feel free to post the e-mail rescueinathens@gmail.com — I will keep you posted as things progress over the next few days.

    Thank you again!
    -Amber

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