Athens, August 15, 2009
– Greek police have reportedly killed a female Somali protester during
their crackdown on the country's Somali community.
The killing took place on Monday in the Greek capital, Athens, as the
police attempted to suppress a protest by Somali expatriates, witnesses
were quoted by a Press TV correspondent as saying.
The officers were seen "brutalizing" the protesters who, carrying the
flag of the African nation, voiced outrage over the detention of
hundreds of Somalis by the Greek police.
The protesters called on the United Nations and Mogadishu to send
fact-finding missions to investigate the alleged abuses, which they
claimed included recurrent torture of the detainees.
Seen as a gateway to Western Europe, Greece has become an immigration
hub where smuggling runs rife.
The country has authorized its police to deal harshly with 'unwelcome'
visitors and has provided for more detention facilities along with
extended jail terms to tackle the related problems.
Source: The Siasat Daily and Agencies, August 10, 2009