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Greece: Tourists Warned of Racist Attacks

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | November 21st, 2012 | Trackback

The U.S. Embassy in Athens issued a security update Nov. 16 to warn its citizens of “unprovoked harassment and violent attacks” against persons of color, who may be mistaken for foreign migrants. In Athens and other major cities, the embassy has confirmed reports of U.S. African-American citizens being illegally detained or threatened. Other tourists who may be targeted are those of Hispanic, Asian or Middle Eastern descent. Amid layered economic crises and high unemployment, a wave of anti-migrant sentiment has flared into racist violence over the past year, with groups of armed men attacking dark-skinned migrants on the street. The Greek government has condemned such attacks, stating a zero-tolerance policy against the offenders. Visitors to Greece should consult their embassy for more information.

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