Join with Amnesty International to ask Greece to investigate homophobic and racist attacks
In August 2014, Costas and his partner were badly beaten up by thugs in a violent homophobic and racist attack in central Athens. They had met a couple of months previously at Athens Pride, and had decided to move in together. One day in late August, they went to buy some things from the shop, and spent some time outside instead of going straight back home.
“It was just us, the corner shop that was slowly closing, and a group of young men on the other edge of the square. We didn’t pay much attention to them. We sat there and talked, we had a laugh. We couldn’t imagine what would follow. Two of them approached us from behind on a motorbike and threw a bucket full of dirty water on us. I was paralysed. I sat back trying to calm down before we headed home. Big mistake. One by one, they ran towards us, and started punching and kicking us. There were around twelve or fifteen of them. Too many. They kept hitting us.” – Costas
Amnesty International’s efforts
Unfortunately, even thought the police arrived, no one was arrested and as yet no one has been brought to justice for this crime. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of reported attacks against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people in Greece has more than doubled, while racist attacks remain an ongoing issue. Greek authorities repeatedly fail to properly investigate any hate motive behind attacks, and to protect everyone affected. The lack of legal recognition of same-sex relationships and gender identity makes the LGBTI community feel even more vulnerable.
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How you can help
Join with Amnesty International and send your message to the Minister of Justice in Greece. Urge the Greek government to order a full investigation into this hate crime and bring the attackers to justice.