A group of around twenty members of right-wing extremist Golden Dawn led by MP Yiannis Lagos raided an elementary school in Perama on Tuesday morning and bullied teachers and parents in an attempt to stop refugee children attending classes.
The mob forced its way to 1. Elementary School Neo Iconio in Perama, a suburb of western Piraeus, when the teachers and the parents association were about to convey to a meeting.
Teachers told media that they were not only verbally but also physically attacked with at least two people saying they got punched.
In another video, two people are heard saying that they were punched by the GDs.
A student’s mother told a TV channel that the group tried to enter the room “we refused but Lagos entered with violence.”
According to daily Efimerida Ton Syntakton, witnesses said that teachers and parents got punched inside the school while the police outside did not get involved.
“Reason” for the violence was the decision to have 25 refugee children from Schisto accommodation center attend classes in the afternoon.
GD said that they were called in “by concerned parents, Greek parents.” In the video above, several parents support the GDs as they try to enter the meeting room.
Speaking to Skai TV, Stavros Kalonis, a member of the national teachers’ federation, said he had not witnessed such an incident in 27 years as a teacher.
“The assault was launched by Mr Lagos, who verbally abused a policeman who had been outside the school,” Kalonis said of the neonazi MP for Piraeus.
“Afterward a group of Golden Dawners barged in and started beating us,” he added.
Note that MP Lagos has been indicted and the raid takes place at a time when the trial against Golden Dawn is ongoing, while the Court of Appeals examines the case of GD attack against members of communist union PAME in Perama in September 2013.
The Ministry of Education strongly condemned the attack and said in a statement that the GD members, incl Yiannis Lagos, invaded the school, they had no authorization to enter and attempted to turn the school into an “arena of political confrontation.”
There is no place for racism and violence in schools, the statement stressed.
According to latest information Greek Police investigates in two directions. First whether police officers present at the incident “did not properly exercise their duties,” as teachers complained that they did not intervene to stop the GD members. And second whether criminal offenses were committed as witnesses alleged that there were assault and threats against the teachers by the GDs.