All quiet on Rendi (except for some Pakistani)
Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 22/05/2008
Last week a group of 12-15 individual pigs attacked the mosque of the Pakistani Community at Rendi, Athens. They invaded with rocks and sticks and beated both Pakistani and a greek neighbor who protested. This follows other similar attacks which happened in the area, with more important the one on October 7th of last year. They also threatened the Pakistani to “get out of Greece” and these threats follow other recent ones that accompanied beatings of Pakistani last week.
The mosque is of course unofficial since the Greek Government denies permission to build mosques for muslim greeks or muslim immigrants. Until recently this was justified by alluding to the opposition of the Greek Orthodox Church that was legally entitled to deny the building of any temple of any religion. Thankfully recently the law changed and hopefully one day we will see – God forbid – a mosque in Athens.
It should also be noted that the lawyers representing the Pakistani Community protested that the Greek Police is being all to discreet in bringing to justice the perpetrators. I have no reason to doubt this, since incidents racially motivated are deemed important only when they deal with real people like west-europeans and not dirty immigrants. Another greek blogger said that these continuous attacks will lead eventually to more violent attacks and maybe someone dieing. I’m afraid he’s right but I hope these last attacks will awake the Greek Police, the Greek Government and me & you.