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Korean backpacker beaten up by Greek police

  • Xircal

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    There's a report on the BBC News site this morning about a Korean backpacker who was apparently mistaken for a migrant and subsequently beaten up by the Greek police. Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20958353

    It's sad when racism takes hold in a country like that.

    #1 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 03:44

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    #2 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 05:54

  • MADMAC

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    "There's a report on the BBC News site this morning about a Korean backpacker who was apparently mistaken for a migrant and subsequently beaten up by the Greek police."

    As if somehow it would be OK if he had been a migrant. WTF?

    #3 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 09:12

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    A deeply phobic society, a police force that voted in the last elections 40-50% for the neo-nazis, a nation that believes that it is the salt of the earth, a migrants' nation that hates migrants, east-european migrants who attack african or asian migrants, an unbearable situation in Athens with broad no-go aereas after dark, poverty, desperation and humiliation (the beggars of Europe) - no, it doesn't look good at all.
    Is fascism possible in a west european country of the 21st century? Hegel wrote : History teaches people that history doesn't teach people.

    #4 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 10:38

  • MADMAC

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    "History teaches people that history doesn't teach people."

    Ain't it the truth.

    #5 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 20:51

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    As someone who hasn't been to Greece since I was a kid and haven't really followed the scene there at all, it's pretty eye-opening stuff.

    The Greeks are a substantial ethnic group in Oz (which I'm from) and I remember reading (somewhere!) Melbourne has one of the biggest Greek communities in the world -- funny how a nation whose populace has immigrated so far and widely is in a large part so hostile to inbound immigrants on the home turf.

    @casey that image you tried to embed is an .svg -- the image handler chokes on that - .jpg or .gif only (I think!)

    #6 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 21:05

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    Okay - I was just highlighting how much the Golden Dawn symbol looks like a Swastika. Right now I'm in the middle of teaching our Life in Nazi Germany Depth Study so I'm inundated with fascist imagery.

    #7 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 21:22

  • MADMAC

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    Unfortunately the cultural values of peoples from the Balkans have slowly morphed into an acceptance of a lot of criminal behavior. Greece is sadly not a big exception to this. Regrettable especially given it's magnificent history and contributions to the world's cultural and political heritage.

    #8 Posted: 10/1/2013 - 21:23

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