We are starting to hear from people who have been attacked by members of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn). Let’s not forget though, that these are just the people who have been brave enough to come forward.
From the news conference of the United Against Racism and Fascist Violence Movement:
An immigrant rights group on Thursday accused a Greek far-right party of being behind hundreds of violent attacks on immigrants as part of a stepped-up “terror campaign” aimed at driving them out of the country.
Leading activist Petros Constantinou told a news conference that the number of such attacks had ballooned since Sunday’s crucial national election, which saw the extreme Golden Dawn party nab 18 seats in parliament.
“There’s a huge pogrom underway now that has been organized by Golden Dawn gangs, with fascist and racist attacks in neighborhoods and in subway and bus stations,” said Constantinou, coordinator of the United Against Racism and Fascist Violence Movement. “Right now we have dozens of injured, stabbing victims.”
Constantinou said Golden Dawn’s strong showing in the poll has emboldened it to step up such violence, and he accused police of covering up for the party.
“What these neo-Nazis are striving to do right now is to convert their entry into parliament into legitimate cooperation with the Greek police” and judicial authorities, Constantinou said.
Immigrants from Pakistan gave accounts of violent assaults at the hands of suspected right-wing extremists on Thursday during a press conference in Athens held by the Movement Against Racism.
Mohamed Zahib, 23, said he had been attacked in Corinth, where he works, last Sunday. He said a man on a motorcycle asked him if he was from Pakistan. When he said no, the man left, only to return with another two people on motorcycles with the lights turned off. One hit him on the head with a club, he said, adding that he woke up in the hospital faced by four police officers. “They told me to say the attackers were Pakistanis, not members of Chrysi Avgi,” he said, referring to the ultra-right Golden Dawn