Greece: Police must protect refugees from ongoing far-right attacks
|Publication Date||18 November 2016|
|Cite as||Amnesty International, Greece: Police must protect refugees from ongoing far-right attacks, 18 November 2016, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5832cb2f4.html [accessed 17 October 2017]|
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As attacks by suspected far-right extremists against refugees in Souda camp on the Greek island of Chios continue for a third day Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International's Deputy Europe Director, said:
"These shocking attacks against refugees cannot be permitted to continue with impunity. For the last two nights, suspected right-wing extremists have thrown petrol bombs, stones and rocks down on the camp from castle walls, causing injuries and panic. At least one refugee was injured by a stone just this afternoon."
"Police and judicial authorities must not only take urgent measures to investigate these hate crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice but as a third night approaches, they must act to ensure the safety of the refugees on the island."
At a meeting on Chios 13 November, Parliamentarians from the far-right Golden Dawn party called for deportations.
As of Friday morning, no one attacking the camp, which is in a downtown area close to Chios port, has been arrested. An eyewitness told Amnesty International: "I do not know what will happen tonight. If another attack happens and the police is not present. We are very scared."