Racist attacks on the rise in Greece-migrants group

August 14, 2012 19:22

ATHENS - Racist attacks against immigrants are on the rise in Greece, leaving hundreds of victims injured and at least one dead, the head of an organization representing Pakistanis in Greece said on Tuesday, urging authorities to stop ignoring the phenomenon.

Greece is a major gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union. But they face increased hostility as the country goes through its deepest postwar recession and record unemployment.

"It started with verbal attacks, then came rods and brass-knuckles and now the knives are coming out," Javied Aslam, head of the Pakistani Community organization and the president of the migrant workers' association, told Reuters.

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