A moment of unprecedented racism right under the glory of the Acropolis. At Dionysioy Aeropagitoy Street. A street full of tourists, street vendors and musicians. A young Roma girl is playing the accordion. She must be six or seven years old. Tourists pass by and drop half a euro or half a dollar. A well-off middle age woman wearing the status symbols of the middle class is obviously annoyed by the presence of the girl. The woman has a shop selling souvenirs to tourists. Her shop is just a couple of meters away.
Holding a fashion magazine the ignorant female approaches the accordion player and pushes her away with her foot.
With the loath of pushing away a piece of dirt from the street. I wonder, the woman used her shoe and not the magazine.
The woman pushes away the girl not once but twice. The girl is stunned. The tourists who watch the scene as well. “Don’t give her money,” the woman urges the tourists.
Associated Press photographer Dimitris Messinis captures the incredible moment with his camera. He also starts a quarrel with the woman and sharply lashes out at her and her behavior. “Get out of here, mister,” the woman tells him and continues “the girl does not issue receipts.”
A Roma girl brand-marked as “tax-evader”.
Inside the tufted red-dyed hair a small racist voice most likely whispers that “tax evaders of six or seven years old have to be pushed away.” Like an annoying fly. Like a piece of dirt. To save the country from the economic collapse. Supremacy fantasies channeled to wrong targets. The vulnerable ones.
No need to stress that the pictures are all over the internet causing an unbelievable outrage among Greek internet users. Racist behavior in Athens most visited street – by tourists.
PS Some recall that it’s primarily the shop owners hunted by the Financial Crimes Units (SDOE) for not issuing receipts when they sell goods, they cash the Value added Tax and they’re known as notorious tax evaders…