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Crete: Hotel security guard beats man for crossing the beach

A hotel security guard on the island of Crete beat a man for trying to cross a beach where the hotel had filled with sunbeds and umbrellas and considered it as a “private beach.”

Under Greek law beaches are considered public property. It is worth noting that the incident takes place as local societies revolt against the blocking of free access to beaches by hotels and beach bars with thousands of sunbeds and umbrellas and “Reclaim the Beaches.

Speaking to local media, the victim, a tour guide  who works in Heraklion, said that he attempted to cross the beach with company for a early morning swim at the nearby works.

He was beaten by the hotel security guard as he and his company tried to pass in front of the hotel beach in order to bathe in the adjacent public part of the coast.

“I’m a tour guide, I know where I can go and where I can’t. We didn’t intend to sit in front of the hotel sunbeds, we wanted to go next door and just had to walk past this section. It was around 4:30 in the morning, we crossed the rocks with the four girls and when the man who works at the hotel security saw us, he started shouting. I tried to explain to him that we will not sit at this point, but in vain”, the victim said about the incident.

Τhe company was frightened by the guard’s shouting and tried to turn back.

“The girls got scared and told me to go back, then he yelled at me, ‘come on…’ and I cursed him in turn. After we were out on the street he came and hit me in the face and while I was falling I also hit the pavement. The girls told me I passed out. After we got home and I saw the injuries I decided to go to the hospital,” he underlined.

Are there private beaches in Greece?

“No. Every business adjacent to a beach must maintain free access for bathers (if there is no other access) through its facilities. If in some way a business tries to obstruct citizens’ access to the beach (with deterrent signs, fences or guarding) citizens should contact the police. The only exception is the few organized beaches for which a ticket has been established”, the victim argued.

The tour guide is hospitalized, where he will remain until tomorrow, as he has broken the bone above his left eye.

What the hotel responded

The hotel management was also informed about the incident, which according to the tour guide replied that they pay very expensive rent to the municipality for the beach for this and they don’t let anyone to sit and is guarded.

It is worth noting that the access to the hotel beach is through a restaurant, which leaves the alley open every night.

After being discharged from the hospital, the tour guide is going to report the incident to the police.

For its part, the hotel speaking to, maintained that it bears no responsibility for what happens outside their accommodation, that it has not been informed of the incident and that the security officer is responsible for the safety of the building.

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  1. I lived in Crete for many a years, I know full well how some of the men can react, the Cretan men can be very loud and aggressive shouting swearing etc.

    I’ve been confronted many times more so when I have been walking my dogs.

    It’s simple threaten with the police do a little shouting back only louder than them,and they soon back down.

    • “It’s simple threaten with the police do a little shouting back only louder than them,and they soon back down.”

      … or shoot you depending what sort of mood they are in?

    • The action of the security guard is also the responsibility of the hotel as his employer the police and the local council should intervene and take action otherwise it will be the normal to attack people in places where we have the right to enter, the beaches are freedom of movement by lae

  2. I am Greek and I am sick of these as***Les about considering the beach front theirs! It is not! The law is clear! The hotel is in full responsibility and if I was the victim I would take them to court for this. They try to blame the idiot security guard who should be jailed for this he could have just killed the guy and the security guard is 100% at fault according to the law! One more thing why don’t you make public which hotel in Crete is this? So they get a few bad reviews on the web loose customers which=money, this is the best way to hurt them. The only pain they’ll ever feel!

  3. Crete, Crete, Crete. Giving truth to Zorbas every time.

  4. hotel management at its worst 😡