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Korean backpacker beaten up by Greek police

Posted by Xircal on 10/1/2013 at 03:44

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.

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Posted by caseyprich on 10/1/2013 at 05:54

[img]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chrisi_Avgi_Logo.svg[/img]

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Posted by MADMAC on 10/1/2013 at 09:12

"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?

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Posted by billytheliar on 10/1/2013 at 10:38

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 10/1/2013 at 20:51

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

Ain't it the truth.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/1/2013 at 21:05 admin

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!)

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Posted by caseyprich on 10/1/2013 at 21:22

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 10/1/2013 at 21:23

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.

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