With central slogan “Athens, anti-fa city” members of migrants’ communities, students organisations, municipality unions and people from art and culture gather in central Athens on Saturday to protest the rising phenomena of violence against migrants.
The mass protest is supported by several migrants and human rights organizations and city councils of Athens suburbs like Elliniko-Argyroupolis, nea Ionia, neo Irakleio, Korydallos, Petroupoli, Tayros-Moschato and others.
Banner: “Neo-Nazis out”
The rally against “racism and fascism” is being organized by the movement “United against Raciscm and Fascist Threat” and will end with a big concert starting at 4 p.m. ast Syntagma Square. .
The protest occurs just two days after the attack against Pakistani migrant who was stabbed to death by two Greeks in Petralona suburb of Athens. Sahdjat Lukman, 27, was stabbed he was going to work riding on a bicycle. He had come to Greece six years ago and was holder of a provisional residence permit. Police arrested the two perpetrators just hours after the attack, with one of them being a firefighter. In the home of one of the suspects, police found leaflets of extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), a party elected to the Greek Parliament last June, a party with a clear anti-migrants policies which often turn violent.
picture via Twitter @NikoAgo
Before Saturday’s rally started, members of the Pakistani community in Athens took the coffin of Lukman to Kotzia square where they held a funeral ceremony and pray. The community members seek to raise donations in order to have the coffin transported to Pakistan and Lukman buried in his village.
Protester: Red Card to Fascism
Human rights organizations recorded 70 violent attacks against migrants in the period from January to September 2012.
Anti-fa protests are been organized also in other Greek cities, while solidarity rallies will be held also in European cities.