Hot Doc magazine reveals that the head of the Greek Police induced violent acts against immigrants in one of his speeches. Amnesty International intervened by demanding the investigation of the case by the government.
Amnesty International issued a statement demanding the prompt investigation of Hot Doc’s report in which Nikos Papagiannopoulos, Head of Greek Police, appears to be ordering the extension of immigrants’ detention, while declaring that “we must make their lives unbearable”.
Amnesty International asks from the government to check the statements that became known recently and to comply with the laws relating to the protection of migrants and refugees coming to the European Union.
In an audio file played on radio station “105.5 – Sto Kokkino” by journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, the leader of the Greek Police is heard saying (referring to immigrants who come to Greece) “they [immigrants] should know that if they get in the country they will remain detained; […] they will not be let free after three months or so, because otherwise we are achieving nothing, we just appear as an appealing place to illegal immigrants”.
Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Papagiannopoulos refers to the immigrants’ detention period saying that when this is over the immigrants are free to steal and rob.
According to the report, many police officials that attended the meeting where the Police chief gave his speech found what he said illegal and racist.
It was just yesterday that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg condemned Greece for the unacceptable and inhumane detention conditions for asylum seekers and political refugees, ordering the country to pay compensations to the plaintiffs.
Translated from ‘Efimerida ton Syntakton’ newspaper, 20/12/2013, online at: http://www.efsyn.gr/?p=160671