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#Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in #Athens

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

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Originally published by http://www.antiracismfascism.org. Translated by Black Cat.

Greece: African Street Musician Assaulted by Racist Cops in Athens

Cops assaulted an immigrant street musician at Monastiraki, Athens, and at the police department in Omonoia.

Kamara Mohammed, a street musician and immigrant from Guinea, came face to face with the abhorrent racism of the police in Greece. A few minutes after midnight, on the night of the 18th of September, Kamara was arrested by two cops who intervened in a very minor incident: an empty bottle rolled down from a wooden bench at the square and broke. A cop approached Kamara and started insulting him. The musician’s wife, who was present at the scene, speaks Greek fluently. They put his hands round his back and handcuffed him.

He was not asked to show his papers, but Kamara still said “I have papers, a wife and a child here. I ‘ve not done anything illegal. Why am I being pushed? ” Then the cop, who knew him as a street musician for a long time responded: “Fuck you, your wife and your lawyer. Get out of here and never set foot in Monastiraki again. When I’m around, not only you won’t play music, but you won’t even be here”. Then Kamara asked: “Why are you doing this? Because I’m black?” A second cop approached and they cornered him. One held him by pressing his neck and the other was hitting him on the face. Approximately 15 cops witnessed the incident.

The racist violence went on at the police department where the same cops assaulted him in front of their superior.

Just to remind the racist “Ramboes” employed by the police, that the Municipality of Athens, after negotiations that lasted many months, gives street musicians the option to express themselves through their art in public.

Athens was and will remain a city that’s open to immigrants, a multicultural urban landscape that keeps its doors open to street musicians.

We demand for the racist cops to be punished and the prosecution against Kamara to stop immediately, since he is now facing numerous charges.

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