«Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA)», The Guardian, Tuesday 9 October 2012.
“By August 2008, the Greek police had been convicted at least nine times by the European Court of Human Rights for incidents of abuse”. Global Voices Online, 12 May 2012.
“Greece lacks adequate mechanisms to investigate complaints of police brutality and Greek authorities seem either “unable or reluctant” to follow up such cases”, Amnesty international, 3 July 2012
Greek police send crime victims to neo-Nazi ‘protectors’, The Guardian, 28 September 2012.
We do not have illusions for the Greek Police. There is strong evidence that Greek Police violates and encroaches upon human rights. In addition, what have changed in comparison to the past, is the state’s tolerance towards brutality. In parallel, there are strong signs that Greek Police cooperates openly with the Nazi party (Golden Dawn) especially, when the last ones attack on immigrants and on gays.
“Allegations of ill-treatment during arrest and/or detention In October 2012, serious allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by fifteen anti-fascist protesters during their arrest by police and their detention at the Attika General Police Directorate (GADA) on 30 September 2012 came to light. The allegations included use of taser gun against one of the protesters during arrest, spits, sexually abusive comments against female protesters, verbal abuse, beatings, threats and denial of access to a doctor and legal assistance”. This text is part of the Amnesty International report that was published in October 2012 regarding the police abuse in Greece.
About the team
We are a small team of Greeks in Zurich and our project is to setup a photo/art exhibition to demonstrate the extent and madness of police violence. Our aspiration is to raise funds through crowdfunding and setup a contest for art students to create a mobile art exhibition, initially in Zurich but we plan to roam to other european cities as well.
Currently we are collecting stills and footage along with usage rights from amateur and professional photographers that attend demonstrations in Athens. We are also looking for available spaces in Zurich to host the exhibition.