Emeute à Athènes mai 2009

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Three injured in Athens attack following Friday riots

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May 23, 2009,

Athens – At least three people were hospitalized in Athens Saturday morning with breathing problems after unknown assailants ignited a gas canister and threw it through the window of a store that doubles as a prayer centre for Muslim immigrants.

Media reports said none of the injured was in mortal danger.

The attack came a day after violent clashes between more than 1,000 Muslim protesters and Greek police in central Athens prompted by the alleged mutilation of a copy of the Koran by police.

Officials said 45 protesters were arrested while seven Muslim immigrants and seven policemen were injured and transferred to hospital for treatment. More than 70 cars, ten stores and one bank were damaged in the clashes, which sent shocked and frightened tourists running for cover in nearby hotels.

The immigrants said that, during a police check on a cafe late Thursday in central Athens, an officer took a customer’s Koran, ripped it apart, threw it on the floor and stomped on it.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Muslims, many who cross into the country illegally in an attempt to seek a better life, have complained of police brutality and poor treatment by officials in the past.

The majority of immigrants live in grim conditions in central Athens, and are not allowed to work and face arrest for minor crimes.

Muslims living in Athens have voiced their displeasure over a delay in the construction of a mosque for tens of thousands of Muslims, many of whom have been using abandoned factories and converted coffee shops as makeshift prayer houses for years.

Athens is the only European capital which does not have a proper mosque or cemetery to serve its more than 300,000 Muslim residents, mainly from various parts of northern Africa and Pakistan.

At present, the only operating mosques in Greece are in the north- eastern region of Thrace, home to some 100,000 Muslims.

Athens mosque set on fire

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Saturday 23 May 2009

An attack on a mosque in the Greek capital Athens has left three people injured. Unknown assailants had set fire to the building housing the mosque. The attack comes after days of unrest sparked by allegations that a police officer tore up a Koran while questioning Syrian immigrants. Hundreds of Muslims, most of them of Afghan and Pakistani origin, took to the streets. Some of them damaged cars and shops. On Friday, riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as they pelted them with sticks and stones outside parliament. Several dozen were arrested.

Grèce: nouvelle manifestation d’immigrés musulmans, incidents à Athènes

23 mai 2009

ATHÈNES (AFP) — Des affrontements ont eu lieu vendredi après-midi entre policiers et immigrés musulmans, à l’issue d’une manifestation contre « le racisme et l’islamophobie », a-t-on appris de source policière.

La police a procédé à quarante interpellations tandis que deux magasins du centre-ville et deux voitures ont subi des dégâts matériels provoqués par les manifestants, selon la même source.

Les incidents ont commencé après un défilé d’un millier d’immigrés musulmans dans le centre de la capitale, qui protestaient contre la manière dont quatre immigrés syriens avaient été interpellés par la police mercredi au cours d’une opération de contrôle d’identité. Selon des manifestants, un des policiers a alors arraché un Coran et l’a piétiné.

La direction de la police a indiqué avoir ouvert une enquête sur cette affaire.

Scandant des slogans en langue arabe et criant « Allah, Allah », les manifestants pour la plupart âgés entre 20 et 30 ans, originaires notamment d’Afghanistan, du Bangladesh, du Pakistan, de Syrie et de Somalie, ont défilé jusqu’au Parlement et au siège du ministère de l’Intérieur.

D’importantes forces de police étaient présentes et les principales rues de la capitale étaient bouclées.

A la fin du défilé, des échauffourées se sont produites, une centaine de manifestants jetant divers projectiles contre les forces de l’ordre qui les ont dispersé en utilisant des gaz lacrymogènes.

« Les immigrés sont indignés, l’incident de mercredi a été la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase », a déclaré à l’AFP Vasso Akrivou, membre de l’organisation « Expulsez le racisme », qui a participé à cette manifestation.

Jeudi soir, des incidents avaient également eu lieu dans le centre d’Athènes entre les forces de l’ordre et plus d’un millier d’immigrés musulmans descendus dans la rue spontanément pour protester contre l’incident de mercredi. Une voiture avait été endommagée tandis que les policiers avaient dispersé les manifestants à l’aide de gaz lacrymogènes.

Les problèmes d’immigration sont récurrents en Grèce, pays confronté à des arrivées quotidiennes de migrants venus d’Asie via la Turquie, qui veulent rejoindre l’Europe de l’ouest. Les ONG grecques dénoncent régulièrement des brutalités policières à l’encontre des migrants.

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Violence flares over Koran claim

23 mai 2009

Dozens of cars were smashed and 14 people were taken to hospital after protests by Muslim immigrants angered at the alleged defacement of a Koran by a Greek policeman ended in a riot.

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of protesters outside parliament and elsewhere in the Athens city centre.

The government said 46 protesters were arrested and 75 cars were damaged.

Chanting « God is great! » and waving leather-bound copies of Islam’s holy book, about 1,500 Muslim immigrants — mostly young men — marched to Parliament in the centre of Athens to express their anger.

The clashes occurred after the protest had dwindled to about 300.

Rioters hurled rocks at police and attacked police cordons with sticks and their belts, ignoring pleas for calm in Arabic and Greek from protest organisers.

The violence spread as young men overturned cars, set fire to rubbish bins and attacked several banks.

Seven policemen and seven immigrants were being treated in hospital for injuries, police said.

Police said they will investigate the allegation that a police officer tore up the Iraqi immigrant’s copy of the Koran while checking his identity papers in Athens on Wednesday.

« Anyone found responsible will be strictly held to account. But this isolated incident cannot justify these acts of violence, » said Christos Markoyiannakis, a minister in charge of police.

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Greek Muslims protest for 2nd day over Quran incident

23 mai 2009

ATHENS: Muslim immigrants clashed again with Greek police on Friday during the second day of protests over charges that officers tore up a copy of the holy Quran during an identity check of immigrants. The Muslim Union of Greece said during police checks at a Syrian-owned coffee shop, an officer took a customer’s Quran, tore it up, threw it on the floor and stomped on it, Reuters reported. The Greek police has opened an investigation into the allegations. Nearly 1,000 Muslims rallied in the city’s central Omonia Square in a demonstration organised by leftist, immigrant and anti-racism groups. Several men from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria and Somalia marched to parliament and the Interior Ministry shouting “Allah! Allah!” and other slogans in Arabic. “They started throwing rocks and sticks at police guarding parliament and the officers responded with tear gas and percussion bombs,” a police official said. agencies

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Clashes at Greek Quran protest

23 mai 2009

Clashes have erupted between police and predominantly Muslim protesters in Athens, the Greek capital.

About 1,000 protesters took to the streets on Friday following reports that a police officer tore up a Quran, the Muslim holy book, belonging to an Iraqi immigrant while checking his identity papers.

Greek riot police fired tear gas after scores of the protesters began pelting officers with sticks and stones outside parliament.

« They started throwing rocks and sticks at police guarding parliament and the officers responded with tear gas and percussion bombs, » a police official said.

The protest was the second since the alleged incident.

Prosecution urged

Demonstrators marched through Athens on Friday chanting « Allah is great » and carrying banners proclaiming « Hands off immigrants ».

« We want the officer or officers involved to be prosecuted, and the government to issue an apology, » Manala Mohammed, a Syrian national, told the Associated Press news agency.

« We want people to show us respect. »

The protest in the city’s Omonia square was organised by leftist, immigrant and anti-racism groups, which have previously complained of police brutality against immigrants.

Vasso Akrivou, a member of the Expel Racism group, told the AFP news agency: « Immigrants are outraged. The incident on Wednesday was the straw that broke the camel’s back. »

Police have said they will investigate the reports.

The Muslim Union, representing thousands of immigrants in Athens, said it had filed a case against the unidentified policeman.

« Police told us they need more time for the internal investigation so we went ahead and filed a suit , » Naim Elghandour, the union president, told the Reuters news agency.

Legal limbo

Thousands of immigrants, many from Muslim countries, cross into Greece illegally every year seeking a better life in the West, but large numbers end up living in squalid, overcrowded apartments.

Trapped in legal limbo, most have no jobs and are often arrested for minor crimes.

On May 9, members of a rightist group attacked immigrants in Athens, sending at least three to hospital.

Rights groups accuse Greece, which is predominantly Orthodox Christian, of not doing enough to protect immigrants.

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Riot police fire on Greece protest

May 22, 2009

Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslims who pelted them with sticks and stones outside parliament today during protests over what they said was the destruction of a Koran by a Greek policeman.

On Thursday, the Muslim Union of Greece reported that during police checks at a Syrian-owned coffee shop, an officer took a customer’s Koran, tore it up, threw it on the floor and stomped on it. Police have launched an internal investigation.

About 1,500 Muslims marched through Athens to protest the incident, chanting « Allah is great » and carrying banners reading « Hands off immigrants ».

« They started throwing rocks and sticks at police guarding parliament and the officers responded with tear gas and percussion bombs, » a police official said.

It was the second protest since the reported incident after 1,000 immigrants, many from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, marched to central Omonia Square on Thursday and smashed several shop windows and five cars.

« We want to live here in peace, we don’t want trouble but we want the policeman to be punished, » said a 30-year-old illegal Egyptian immigrant who identified himself as Said.

Thousands of immigrants, many from Muslim countries, cross into Greece illegally every year seeking a better life in the West. Trapped in legal limbo, most have no jobs, live in squalid conditions and are often arrested for minor crimes.

On May 9th, members of a rightist group attacked immigrants in Athens, sending at least three to hospital. Rights groups accuse predominantly Orthodox Christian Greece of not doing enough to protect immigrants.

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Muslims protest alleged defacement of Quran

By DEREK GATOPOULOS – 22 mai 2009

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Muslims in central Athens on Friday as they protested a Greek policeman’s alleged defacement of a Quran owned by an Iraqi immigrant.

The clashes occurred outside Parliament as the demonstrators threw rocks and plastic bottles at police, and smashed windows of a luxury hotel in central Syntagma Square. A police helicopter hovered overhead.

Chanting « God is great! » and waving leather-bound copies of Islam’s holy book, about 1,000 Muslim immigrants had begun the demonstration with a march to Parliament to express their outrage. The clashes occurred after the protest had dwindled to about 300.

« We want the officer or officers involved to be prosecuted, and the government to issue an apology, » protester Manala Mohammed, a Syrian national, told The Associated Press. « We want people to show us respect. »

In a less violent demonstration on Thursday, police fired tear gas to dispel a few stone-throwing protesters. Later Thursday, police arrested an Afghan man on suspicion of trying to firebomb an Athens police station in an attack that left him severely burned.

Police said they will investigate the allegation that a police officer tore up the immigrant’s copy of the Quran while checking his identity papers in Athens on Wednesday.

Most native-born Greeks are baptized into the Christian Orthodox Church.

Waves of illegal immigration over the past few years have led to an influx of Muslims, mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The majority live in squalid, overcrowded apartments in poor areas.

Greek rights activist Thanassis Kourkoulas, one of the protest organizers, said the marches were intended to show immigrants « have a voice. » He said, « What happened is a great insult to every Muslim, every immigrant and every Greek who respects democracy. »

Muslims protest alleged Koran destruction in Greece

Fri May 22, 2009

ATHENS (Reuters) – Hundreds of Muslims marched through central Athens on Thursday, damaging shops and cars, to protest what they said was the destruction of a Koran by a Greek policeman.

The president of the Muslim Union of Greece, Naim Elghandour, said that during police checks at a Syrian-owned coffee shop on Wednesday, an officer took a customer’s Koran, tore it up, threw it on the floor and stomped on it.

In response, about 1,000 immigrants, many from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, marched to central Omonia Square, smashing several shop windows and five cars, a police official said.

Police sources said an internal investigation was launched into the Koran incident.

« We were told by police we will be given the name of the policeman who did this so we can press charges, » Elghandour said.

Thousands of immigrants, many from Muslim countries, cross into Greece illegally every year seeking a better life in the West. Trapped in legal limbo, most have no jobs, live in squalid conditions and are often arrested for minor crimes.

On May 9, members of a rightist group attacked immigrants in Athens, sending at least three to hospital. Rights groups accuse predominantly Orthodox Christian Greece of not doing enough to protect immigrants.

Battles in Athens during march against police racism, many protesters injured

May 22 2009

Extended clashes broke our in Athens on Friday 22/5, during the second protest march in two days against police racism, after a cop tore the Koran and brutalised Muslims during anti-immigrant sweeping operations. During the clashes many protesters were injured arrested and hospitalised.

A second protest march against police racism took to the streets of Athens on Friday 22/5/08 in response to the incident of anti-muslim brutality two nights before during a police sweeping-operation against immigrants in the center of Athens. During what appears to be a typically offensive search of muslim immigrants at a local cafe, a policeman tore a Koran in pieces and stepped on threatening the immigrants in compromising racist language. The incident led to a protest march on Thurday with limited clashes between police and demonstrators.

During the Friday protest march immigrants and solidarity protesters of the left gathered in Omonoia square and clashed with the police outside the Greek parliament. The protesters piled the riot police with marbles, shoes and other projectiles, receiving tear gas and blast flash grenades in response.The march then proceeded towards the coveted Athens area of Agios Panteleimonas where the anti-muslim incident had occurred. On the way, protesters smashed banks, expensive shops and government vehicles, before being massively attacked by strong riot police forces. During the battle that ensued scores of protesters were seriously injured, many being hospitalised, while 40 were arrested and remain in custody. One Syrian protester is said to be arrested during the protest march for allegedly throwing a molotov cocktail against the local police department.

The riots that have once again reduced much of the capital’s center into a battle zone come at a time of increasing tension across the country, accentuated by both the political impasse after the surprise dissolution of the Parliament earlier this month, and the continuing pressure of urban guerrilla groups which once again demonstrated their resolve this week by bombing the offices of the Siemens affiliated corporation that has provided the greek police with its new phone tapping and electronic surveillance system meant to frame the social antagonistic movement after the December uprising. The attack which injured none due to a previous warning call was claimed by the left-wing urban guerrilla group « Popular Will », who also claimed responsibility for the bombing of the State Land Management headquarters last March. The greek branch of Siemens is involved in one of the biggest economic scandals of the collapsing government, with its head on the run, and its deputy-head held in custody.

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~ par Alain Bertho sur 23 mai 2009.

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