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Murder in Athens downtown shocks Greeks and triggers attacks against immigrants

The tragic death of a man triggered tension and incidents against immigrants on Tuesday, as the assassins were apparently foreigners. The 44-years old man was stabbed to death with a knife at 5 o’ clock  in the morning while he was walking to his car to take his pregnant wife to the hospital as she was due to deliver the couple’s baby. The man was holding a camera to film the happy arrival of the new born. However the fate had decided otherwise. A group of  three people attacked him with a knife to steal the camera. They stabbed him to the back, to his hands and neck. He died within minutes.

According to neigbors the attackers were foreigners.

The sentiment began to boil in the area where a lot of foreigners, mostly illegal immigrants live. Members of an extreme right group gathered in the area and started to beat immigrants who were passing by. The group even tried to enter a building occupied by anarchists and police fired teargas to disperse the crowd. The incidents continued for some time. One man was arrested.

There is a lot of criticism against the Mayor of Athens and the Greek police for not guarding the area where there is a high rate of crime.

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