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Greece: Racist attack against Egyptians in Perama

A new attack against immigrants living in a home in the industrial suburb of Perama, southwest of Piraeus took place at 3 AM in the morning Tuesday.

According to Mahmoud Abou hamed a resident of the area and responsible of the official page of the Egyptian community of Greece who took photos of the incident said 20 members of Golden Dawn including one woman attacked a house where five Egyptian fishermen lived, causing damage and injuring seriously one of them.

"They broke their cars and seconds later they entered the house and beat them using bats and other makeshift weapons catching them off guard. The four managed to escape but the one who was at that time at the roof sleeping did not have time to escape, and now he is hospitalized in serious condition. His situation is between life and death."

The seriously injured Abu Zeid Mubarak Abu Zeid 24 years old has been transferred to Tzanio hospital but due to his serious health situation is soon expected to be transferred to Evangelismos.

According to police reports, 6 people have been arrested including a woman and are being questioned since early in the morning.

Egyptian Rabab Hassan told Alyunaniya, "This is the first time something like that happens. I'm sure the police won't do anything to the six people they arrested. They just caught them for the eyes of the world. It seems like the situation has reached a point with no return. What else can we expect?"

Meanwhile the President of the Muslim Association of Greece Naim El Ghandour strongly condemned the racist acts and "holds all political parties accountable for giving living room to Golden Dawn to act in these racist ways and especially the Leader of New Democracy party Antonis Samaras, who should be especially sensitive to the issue since he comes from a family of Greek migrants who once lived in Egypt."

photo: Mahmoud Abou hamed.

 Egypt's envoy in Greece condemns racist attacks on Egyptians
Egypt's ambassador in Greece demands protection for his fellow expats after a rise of racist assaults; the most recent an Egyptian tied to a tree and beaten Ahram Online, Tuesday 6 Nov 2012

Egyptian ambassador in Greece Tarek Adel urged both Greek's ministry of foreign affairs and general security to take needed measures to provide security to Egyptian expats following a rise of racist attacks targeting immigrants, including Egyptians.

On Monday, Egyptian 29-year-old Waleed Taleb, an undocumented immigrant, was found chained to a tree on the Island of Salamina west of Athens with evidence of a brutal beating all over his body, reported Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Taleb's boss admitted to tying him up, accusing him of stealing from the bakery he works in.

Taleb's story to police, however, is that his boss attacked him for asking for financial help from him.

Waves of attacks have been targeting immigrants in Greece, allegedly by the right-wing Golden Dawn party affiliated with neo-Nazism. On Wednesday a mob claimed to be led by Golden Dawn orchestrated an attack against immigrants that left several injured, including five Egyptians. Another twelve Egyptians were captured by police and no media reports have mentioned whether the attackers have been arrested.

All Egyptians were released, except for one due to his undocumented status.

The attack came reportedly after an undocumented immigrant attacked a hairdresser earlier Wednesday.

Earlier in June, five Egyptian fishermen were attacked by members of Golden Dawn in their home in Piraeus.

The Golden Dawn took more than 6 per cent of seats in the 2012 Greek parliamentary elections.


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