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article imageGolden Dawn supporters attack immigrant on Athens Metro

By Katerina Nikolas     May 31, 2012 in World
Athens - In another racially motivated attack, a Pakistani immigrant was attacked by a group of Golden Dawn supporters shouting anti-immigration slogans on the Athens Metro on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old victim was brutally beaten by at least a dozen thugs, and sustained extensive injuries. According to Greek Reporter 30 Golden Dawn supporters were involved in the attack which followed a peaceful torch-lit rally by 2,000 Golden Dawn supporters through the centre of Athens.
Attacks against immigrants have been on the increase since Golden Dawn was elected to Parliament with seven percent of the vote on May 6. The far-right extremists campaigned on an anti-immigration platform using the slogan "Let's rid this country of the stench" in its TV ad campaign.
Referring to Golden Dawn's rising appeal a spokesman for Greece's Pakistani immigrant community told the Guardian "This is dangerous for everyone who is living in Greece...It is very serious, very dangerous."
Earlier in May Alunaniya reported eight Golden Dawn supporters attacked four Egyptians in Athens with batons and chains. The attack prompted the Egyptian 6th of April movement in Greece to issue a press release warning fellow Egyptians to avoid areas of Athens where attacks against immigrants were becoming commonplace and to "avoid staying out alone late at night or talking on cell phones in Arabic aloud while walking at night."
Last week Golden Dawn supporters traveled to Patras to participate in violent anti-immigration riots provoked by the murder of a Greek man by three Afghans.
Meanwhile Golden Dawn has denied any involvement in the racist attacks, announcing it “condemns violence and rejects all accusations that it had anything to do with the incidence" of the attack on the Pakistani immigrant.
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