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<nettime> Stop police violence against migrants and activists in Greece
pavlos hatzopoulos on Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:18:15 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Stop police violence against migrants and activists in Greece


Twitter petition  http://act.ly/pq

Sign here http://www.petitiononline.com/nomadic1/petition.html


To:  The Greek Minister of Citizen Protection

Following the December revolts in Greece, police violence against migrants
and activists in Greece is becoming more and more intense. The xenophobic
turn of the mainstream media combined with the electoral rise of the extreme
right wing party LAOS have played a vital role in legitimizing police
violence against both foreigners and citizens who dare to protest.
Ironically these tactics are part of an overall plan to "protect the
citizen" by openly demonstrating the ability of the state to control those
who participated in the December revolts. While ?scoop? operations and
deportations take place daily all over the country subjecting migrants to
different forms of physical and psychological violence, activists who react
against it are also becoming subject to the arbitrary violent and
terrorizing tactics of the police. Recently Mohamed Kamran Atif, a migrant
from Pakistan, has died after being tortured in detention at the police
station of Nikaia. During the protest march organized in response, several
activists were arrested and imprisoned. Few days later Dimitris Parsanoglou,
a sociologist and anti-racist activist, has been arrested and detained
without a legal representative for three days because he protested against
the arbitrary arrest and beating by the police of a migrant in a central
spot of Athens.

We ask from the Greek government to

- stop police violence against migrants and activists
- stop ?scoop? operations and arbitrary deportations of migrants
- stop arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of activists of all nationalities


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