Muslim Hate in Greece

Guns and ammunition discovered in Xanthi (Greece) mosque

The imam has been arrested over illegal possession of the weapons

29 March 2017

Police seized guns and ammunition from a mosque in Xanthi on Tuesday, after authorities were tipped off reports ANA-MPA.

In the mosque located just over an hour-and-a-half away from the Turkish border in the village of Iliopetra, police found a .22 pistol, a .38 pistol with a silencer, and a Flobert hunting rifle along with thirty cartridges.

Following the raid all findings were sent to the Forensic Service's laboratories in Athens, and the imam was arrested for the possession of illegal weapons and to be questioned over the matter.

He was due to appear before a local prosecutor on Tuesday, reports Kathimerini.

With tensions currently running high between Greece and Turkey, the case has been brought to the attention of the Citizens' Protection Ministry and to senior government officials.

Fourteen hurt as migrants riot in Greece

Derek Gatopoulos
Sidney Morning Herald
May 23, 2009

Dozens of cars have been smashed and 14 people injured in riots by Muslim immigrants angered at the alleged defacement of a Koran by a Greek policeman.

Police on Friday fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of protesters outside parliament and elsewhere in the Athens city centre. The government said 46 protesters were arrested and 75 cars were damaged.

Chanting "God is great!" and waving leather-bound copies of Islam's holy book, about 1,500 Muslim immigrants - mostly young men - marched to parliament in the centre of Athens to express their anger. The clashes occurred after the protest had dwindled to about 300 people.

Rioters hurled rocks at police and attacked police cordons with sticks and their belts, ignoring pleas for calm in Arabic and Greek from protest organisers. The violence spread as young men overturned cars, set fire to rubbish bins and attacked several banks.

Seven policemen and seven immigrants were being treated in hospital for injuries, police said.

Onlookers, including tourists in Athens' central square, watched, with some holding up their mobile phones to photograph the protesters.

Police said they will investigate the allegation that a police officer tore up an Iraqi immigrant's copy of the Koran while checking his identity papers in Athens on Wednesday.

"Anyone found responsible will be strictly held to account. But this isolated incident cannot justify these acts of violence," said Christos Markoyiannakis, a minister in charge of police.

Police released photographs of the torn Koran but gave no further details.

"We want the officer or officers involved to be prosecuted, and the government to issue an apology," protester Manala Mohammed, a Syrian national who helped organise the rally, told The Associated Press. "We want people to show us respect."

Most of Greece's native born population of 10.7 million are baptised into the Christian Orthodox Church.

Waves of illegal immigration over the past few years have led to an influx of Muslims, mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many live in squalid, overcrowded apartments in run-down parts of central Athens.

In 2008, Greek authorities arrested more than 145,000 migrants entering the country illegally, a 30 per cent increase from the previous year and a 54 per cent jump from 2006, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.

Greek rights activist Thanassis Kourkoulas, one of the protest organisers, said the marches were intended to show that immigrants "have a voice".

"What happened is a great insult to every Muslim, every immigrant and every Greek who respects democracy," he said.


Muslims in fresh Athens demo over alleged Koran insult

(AFP) May 29, 2009

ATHENS (AFP) More than 1,000 Muslim migrants and leftists demonstrated in Athens Friday over an alleged police insult to the Koran, a week after two similar protests degenerated into clashes with anti-riot police.

The protest was called by leftist and anti-racist groups after a police officer allegedly tore up some sheets of paper with extracts from the Muslim holy book belonging to an Iraqi migrant during an identity check last week.

"We want this officer put on trial, and we ask the government to protect our prayer sites in Athens," said Zuri, a Moroccan protester.

"But we intend to set a good example and refrain from violence, Islam is a religion of peace," he said.

Scores of police on foot and on motorbikes were mobilised to maintain order and keep the migrants who marched on parliament from coming into contact with a few dozen neo-Nazi militants staging a street gathering a few blocks away.

The far-right group was commemorating the fall of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

Greece's main Muslim and migrant organisations distanced themselves from the migrant demonstration, preferring to take judicial action instead.

"Our problems can be solved by dialogue, not demonstrations," said Ahmet Moavia, head of the Greek Migrants' Forum.

"The real agenda is migrants' rights in Greece which include issues of religion," he told AFP.

"Muslim Arabs will not participate because there is a political agenda which has nothing to do with Islam," said Naim El Gadour, chairman of the Muslim Union of Greece.

"We filed a complaint against the officer, we chose the path of justice and peace and we will adhere to it."

Rights groups report an increase in racist attacks on migrants in Athens in recent weeks. Last weekend, unknown assailants set fire to a basement flat housing a mosque and injured five men from Bangladesh sleeping inside.

More than a dozen migrants and police were injured last week in clashes that marred two days of Muslim rallies over the alleged insult to the Koran.

Scores of cars and a handful of shops had their windows smashed.

Police made 46 arrests at the time.

Muslim groups have demanded an apology over the incident which the government has so far failed to give. Calls to identify the officer who allegedly tore the Koranic verses have also been ignored.

Community elders also note that Greece has failed to honour years of pledges to build a mosque and a cemetery in Athens where over 100,000 Muslims live.

There are around one million migrants legally living in Greece, roughly nine percent of the country's population, most of them from neighbouring Albania.

Another 80,000-100,000 migrants are believed to be residing in the country illegally according to the interior ministry.