Samos: Police Arrested The Refugee Victims of Hate Crime Instead of the Perpetrators

Serious questions are raised by the stance of the police on Samos island in Greece which, following the report for an assault against two Iraqui refugees at gunpoint, did not proceed to arrest the man who was identified as the perpetrator, but instead arrested the victims.

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Originally published by efsyn.gr. Written by Demetris Angelidis. Translated by Black Cat.

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Samos: Police Arrested The Refugee Victims of Hate Crime Instead of the Perpetrators

Serious questions are raised by the stance of the police on Samos island in Greece which, following the report for an assault against two Iraqui refugees at gunpoint, did not proceed to arrest the man who was identified as the perpetrator, but instead arrested the victims.

On Thursday evening, while an unscheduled meeting was taking place at the Reception and Registration Centre on Samos, employees witnessed two Iraqui refugees running back to the centre terrified. First arrived a 17 year-old teenager followed by a 20 year-old man. The two were in shock as they lied on the ground in front the container housing the office of the police and showed the doctors the bruises on their side and stomach from the attack. One of the refugees could not move his arm from the pain. They were tearful as described how they had walked onto a hillside to cut wood, when a vehicle stopped right in front of them. With the threat of a hunting rile pointed toward them, the driver forced the two to kneel on the ground, while two other men started punching and kicking them.

The 17 year old managed to get away and ran away, as they continued to hit the other refugee for a while longer. As they narrated the violent incident, the two young refugees identified attacker with the rifle among those who had gathered in the crowd. Very calmly, in order to avoid making things worse, employees approached him and asked to speak with him, but he started walking away and said he had to move his vehicle because it was blocking the entrance. The moment he got into his jeep, the man backed up and accellerated immediately.

According to eye witnesses, he was approximately 50 years old, with gray heair and beard. A full description and his license plate have been given to the police.

The two refugees were taken to Hospital of Samos, where, according to reliable information, the injuries sustained by one of the victims on his arm, as well as the bruises on their side and stomach and lacerations on various parts of their bodies were confirmed. One of the victims suffered from hematuria the next day.

Information has revealed that the two refugees went to the police station and spoke with police officers, without the presense of an interpreter. They were asked to sign a document without knowing its content.

According to sources by the Police HQ, the police did not arrest the man, despite the report against him and the document issued by the hospital to confirm their injuries. According to the police, they could not identify the man as the driver of the car. So instead they arrested the victims, following a lawsuit by the driver and the opening of a case which they sent to the district attorney.

The man had filed a lawsuit against the refugees claiming the two along with other 6 people had gone to his pig farm near the city centre, killed a pig and caused damages, although it is widely known that muslims dont eat pork and no other attack against refugees was reported on that day.

The stance of the local police is particularly problematic since the incidents of racist violence and hate speech on the island are proliferating, with the coordinated effort between far-right and xenophobic centres to instigate racist hatred, by exploiting the ignorance and worry of many citizens around the management of the refugee issue. Recently, the president of the Mytiline Community G. Eleftheroglou, casted threats at a public gathering and during a popular radio show that ”blood will be spilled” and ”rifles might be used” in case refugees moved to the village, according to a report by the Network Documenting Racist Violence.




crowdfundingdezember2017englishSome of the Enough is Enough team will join Cars of Hope to support refugees on Lesvos and in Athens in December and January. They will arrive on Lesvos at December 17. The work of Cars of Hope is based on mutual aid and one of the groups they will cooperate with on the Greek island is the No Border Kitchen Lesvos crew. Cars of Hope needs your support for their work on Lesvos and in Athens. You can support them with donations at their Paypal account carsofhopewtal@gmail.com or by joining the Cars of Hope crowdfunding campaign (donations possible by bank transfer or credit card) at: https://www.leetchi.com/c/soziales-von-cars-of-hope

Here is a video that we produced in September 2017 on Lesvos:

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