Greece was shocked to the core in May 2011 by the violent murder of a Greek man as he fetched his car to take his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth. The perpetrators of the crime, two illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, were found guilty today.
Manolis Kantaris was stabbed to death by criminals demanding the video recorder he planned to use to film the birth. Ekathimerini reported witnesses said Kantairis was stabbed in the neck and back. His wife found his dead body. Still in shock she made her way to hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl.
Athens News reported 2,000 people attended a memorial service at the scene at the murder. The shocking crime resulted in an anti-immigrant protest organized by Golden Dawn.
An Athens court today found two illegal immigrants aged 21 and 28, guilty of murder. The two Afghans have been sentenced to 43 years' imprisonment, though Xryshaygh note they will likely be free in 12 years. The criminals were jeered by large crowds as they were led to a prison van.
In May 2012 a 30-year-old Greek man was also stabbed to death by illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, in Patras. The murder of Thanasis Lazanas also incited angry protests against immigrants.
The international media repeatedly reports on alleged racist violence against immigrants in Greece, but the murders of Kantaris and Lazanas fail to bring the same condemnation as media neglects to report on the Greek victims of immigrant criminals.