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Greece

2019

15

Jan

Greek teachers clash with police for second time

Primary school teachers clashed with riot police in Athens on Monday for the second time in under a week, during a protest against government plans to change public sector hirings. The violence broke out when protesting teachers, who are on a 24-hour strike, tried to break a police cordon next to parliament. Some demonstrators hurled […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , Reuters

09

Jan

Oxfam condemns EU over ‘inhumane’ Lesbos refugee camp

The EU has been strongly criticised over conditions in Greece’s largest refugee camp, where Oxfam reported women are wearing nappies at night for fear of leaving their tents to go to the toilet. The British-based NGO described the increasingly dangerous state of the EU-sponsored Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, where a 24-year-old man […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Hürriyet , The Guardian

2018

28

Dec

November 17 terrorist Koufodinas furloughed again

November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas will receive a fifth consecutive prison leave which will last six days, including two days that are being granted to him as travel time. The previous times that Koufodinas was granted a furlough there were statements of  disapproval from the U.S. and British embassies in Athens, since some of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: CNN , Greek Reporter

26

Dec

Greece: Thousands of asylum seekers enduring winter in tents

Thousands of asylum seekers in Greece, living in tents on one of the Aegean Islands, are enduring another winter without heat or running water as there is no space at the official camp that is supposed to house them. They are compelled to continue waiting in the cold until the government makes some arrangement for […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Aljazeera

20

Dec

Search for imam begins as Athens Mosque nears completion

As Athens prepares to welcome the first government-funded mosque in the city in March, 2019, the search for an imam has begun. The Education Ministry’s committee for the new mosque announced on Monday that Muslims who legally reside in Athens may apply to become an imam. The committee said that interested parties can submit their […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Milliyet , Greek Reporter

19

Dec

Greek police accused of beating migrants trying to enter from Turkey

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released footage of men bearing prominent scars on their backs as it accused Greek police of inflicting beatings on migrants and asylum seekers illicitly entering the country across the land border from Turkey. The US-based group said the injuries depicted in the footage, shot in Edirne in Turkey in August, were sustained […]

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Country: Greece
Source: BBC , The Guardian

10

Dec

Migrants tell of stories of ill treatment by Greek officials

Migrants who have been pushed back into Turkey by Greek authorities tell the details of abuse they have been subjected to by the European country. The plight of migrants trying to reach Europe has not faded, with the most recent tragedy being the discovery of the bodies of four undocumented migrants last week in the Akçadam and Adasarhanlı […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Hurriyet Daily News

06

Dec

UN sounds alarm on Greek push-back of migrants

UN officials are concerned by reports that Greek officials are sending back irregular migrants coming via Turkey — “push-back” — with no opportunity for them to seek asylum, including reports of violence. The alleged policy made headlines this week after three migrants were found in Turkish villages, without trousers or shoes, apparently frozen to death, reportedly victims […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Haberler , AA

04

Dec

3 irregular migrants found frozen to death in northwestern Turkey

The bodies of three people thought to be irregular migrants have been found in separate border villages in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province, security sources said on December 4. The body of one migrant — thought to be of Afghan origin — was found in the village of Serem, while the bodies of two more migrants […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , Daily Sabah

26

Nov

Students protest Greek decision to cut Turkish lessons

Students from a Muslim religious school in northeastern Greece have boycotted the latest curriculum that has reduced Turkish language lessons and Islamic teachings at the school. The Western Thrace region of Greece is home to a Muslim-Turkish minority of around 150,000 people. In a video uploaded on the internet on Sunday, a representative of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik