Ali Suari is a 20 year-old refugee from Guinea. He left his country after being subjected to horrific torture practices and an attempt to have him murdered, experiences which still make him suffer from a sleep disorder. He managed to get to Athens in October last year, after having lived in the camp in Moria, on Lesbos, for two years.
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Since then, he stopped receiving the 90 euro/month from the UN. He went to the office of Greece Cash Alliance helpline on Monday, 18th of March at 10 am, asking for help to continue to receive this small amount of money which he desperately needs. He had been to this office before but never managed to find a solution to his problem.
When he insisted to get help in finding a solution, the police was called by an employee who probably wanted to have him removed from the building. Two cops appeared in a 911 car and proceeded to a violent arrest. Ali was pushed on the street and kicked on the leg where he has an old wound. He was punched on his face and back by the cops who wanted to put him in handcuffs. As a result, the man was injured.
When Ali asked to be taken to a hospital because of the pain he was feeling due to the injuries, one of the cops threatened him that ‘you will die here, not at a hospital’. When he asked ‘Why are you hitting me?’, the cop responded by saying ‘negro go back to your country’. He was detained for a day before he was taken to the court which scheduled his trial for Friday the 22nd of March. He was later released from jail.
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