Target: Government of Greece
Goal: Implement new, stronger policies to protect Greek citizens from police violence.
Allegations of police abuse are nothing new to Greek authorities. During recent protests by Greek citizens, police committed acts of abuse and violence against many protesters. Most recently, anti-fascist protesters who were opposing neo-Nazi supporters were arrested after a protest in Athens. These protesters were taken to the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA), where they were subjected to abusive humiliation.
According to an article by The Guardian, the protesters were subjected to Abu Ghraib-style humiliation. The group of 25 protesters had to strip naked in front of the police officers and other inmates. Once naked, officers berated, slapped, hit and spat on the detainees. They were also “used as ashtrays” and burned with cigarettes. Following these events, the detainees were forced to stay awake all night by use of torches and lasers pointed at their eyes.
A woman detainee was subsequently harassed, while police made sexual insults and pulled her hair. These prisoners were not given access to their lawyers, or even drinking water for almost a full day. One female protester said, “We were so thirsty we drank water from the toilets.”
Naturally, the police deny all of these allegations maintaining that, “There was no use of force by police officers against anyone in GADA. The Greek police examine and investigate in depth every single report regarding the use of violence by police officers…There is no doubt that the Greek police always respect human rights and don’t use violence.”
Dimitris Katsaris, a lawyer for several protesters, explained that, “This is happening daily. We have the pictures, we have the evidence of what happens to people getting arrested protesting against the rise of the neo-Nazi party in Greece. This is the new face of the police, with the collaboration of the justice system.”
Abuses by the police—those responsible for protecting and watching over Greek citizens—cannot go without punishment. There must be accountability, and the Greek government must make a stand against further actions like these. Sign below and tell the government it must make a strong stand against police abuse, and enact zero tolerance for such actions.
Dear Government of Greece,
The recent reports of police abuses against Greek citizens are disturbing. Anti-fascist protesters who were arrested in Athens reported being subjected to abuse and humiliation at the hands of their arresting officers once detained in prison.
Protesters were forced to strip naked and subsequently hit, slapped and burned with cigarettes. A female protester was sexually harassed and insulted as well, and the detainees were denied access to drinking water and were not allowed to contact their lawyers for more than 19 hours. These abuses of authority cannot go unpunished.
Please take these matters and these claims seriously and enact a zero tolerance policy regarding police brutality.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Geo Political Monitor