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.
"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?
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.
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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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.
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.