Incidents of migrants stabbed on the streets or at public transport means have increased during the last days, with the latest two attacks to have taken place within 20 minutes. One man from Albania and two men from Poland fell victims to what it seems to have been ‘racist attacks’.
Eyewitness describe the incredible attack that took place on Thursday night at Neos Kosmos district of southern Athens.
The first victim was an Albanian man who was penetrated with a …sword by attackers on motorcycles outside the elementary school of the area.
“We heard the groans of the man” eyewitnesses told news portal Newsit. “He was just being hit, he was still standing on his feet. The blade had penetrated the man form the back to the chest. The poor guy was in a state of shock. He collapsed within minutes.”
They spoke of “2-3 people on motorcycles” that immediately left after the attack.
The victim is hospitalized in critical condition.
The man from Albania has been living in the area with his family and is icons painter. He has been in Greece since 17 years.
It is not clear whether the attackers had been lurking for their victim.
Twenty minutes later after the attack and some three kilometers away, two migrants from Poland were attacked with knives. They are also hospitalized but were not able to testify to the police yet.
Last Tuesday, a man from Bangladesh was stabbed by an attacker who was holding a knife inside the Athens Metro in Omonia Square. The attacker managed to flee.
On Monday, a man from Pakistan collapsed at the platform of the Urban Train <Agios Nikolaos> station after he was stabbed.
When the workers at the urban train HSAP issued a statement citing eyewitnesses and blaming extreme-right Chrysi Avgi for the attack, Golden Dawn declared it had nothing to do with the incident, urged to stop ‘the war of throwing mud’ and threatened ‘to file complaints against those claiming the party is responsible for attacks against migrants’ without providing convincing evidence to the police. ( ERTonline and ekathimerini)
PS a neighbor from Albania was telling me that recently a group of youth (17-20) approached a group of (Albanian) children (12-14) hanging out at the park. They started shouting “Who is Albanian? Who is a foreigner here?”. The youngsters, who were born in Greece and speak the language without accent shouted back “No Albanian here, we are all Greeks!” The youth group left and the children rushed homes. Among the children was the 14-year-old boy of the neighbor…