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16, 2011, where a large group had gathered in support of 39 members of Hellenic Coast

Guard Underwater Missions Unit on trial for chanting in unison racist slogans during the

Greek Independence Day Parade on March 25, 2010. A group of black-clad youths

surrounded a South-Asian man with apparent intent to harm him, but were ultimately

convinced to desist by an older demonstrator. We note also that we learned of four

incidents in which the person we interviewed escaped harm but someone else was injured.

May 2011

On May 10, 2011, in downtown Athens, Manolis Kantaris was murdered during the theft of

his video camera as he prepared to go to the hospital for the birth of his child. This crime

triggered widespread attacks on foreigners on the streets of the city after his killing was

attributed to migrants.

The worst of the violence occurred on May 12, when a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man named

Alim Adbul Mana was stabbed to death and at least 25 people were hospitalized,

according to news reports, with stab wounds or injuries sustained from severe beatings. 50

A reporter from the Associated Press who witnessed the attacks described a horrifying

scene on May 12:

Several hundred youths, dressed in black and some wielding bats, were

involved in the daytime attacks in an area where thousands of Asian and

African immigrants live. Immigrants were chased through narrow streets of

the city’s Kato Patisia neighborhood and punched and kicked to the ground

by groups of attackers…Thugs in motorcycle helmets beat up immigrants,

sending others fleeing for safety amid heavy rush-hour traffic. Similar

attacks have occurred over the past two days. The black-clad

ultranationalist youths marched through migrant areas… Male and female

protesters were seen taking part in the beatings. 51

Olivier Abdoulai, a 30-year-old Congolese, was out on the streets when he saw the antiimmigrant

demonstration on May 12 and changed course.

50 “25 injured during far-right rampage against immigrants in Greece’s capital,” Associated Press, May 12, 2011,

http://www.washingtonpost.world/new_clashes_break_out_in_athens_over_demonstrators_injury/2011/05/12/AFEFkHOG_

story.html?wprss=rss_homepage (accessed May 15, 2011).

51 Ibid.

45 HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH | JULY 2012

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