Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece): Today is one year since migrants protesting in Sappho square were attacked by a far-right mob. Roughly 200 fascists attacked refugees and migrants, as well as those standing in solidarity with them, with projectiles.
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Earlier this month it was finally announced that those involved in the attack would be prosecuted for racially-motivated crimes. Yet at the same time, the state is proposing to withdraw racial-motivation as an aggravating factor in violent crime. This would send a message to the police, courts and public that racist ideology is tolerable.
Eye witnesses stated that the 22 April attack was prompted by the fact that the migrant protesters were praying in the public square. While the prosecutor’s decision to recognise the racist motivation of the attackers is welcome, this year has seen the escalation of a culture war that is increasingly publicly supported.
Graffiti attacking Islam is present everywhere in Mytilene. Journalists writing against nationalism have been threatened (Warning Facebook link) at their homes. Unfounded rumours have spread (Warning Facebook link) that migrants were planning to attack the weekly military parade, leading to the increasing presence of the conservative- and far-right. And a group of people erected a huge crucifix on the Eastern shoreline facing Turkey
(Warning Facebook link), marking their territory in an area popularly used by migrants as a place to relax and swim.
Lesvos Solidarity Pikpa, April 22, 2019
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