“Racist attacks on rise in crises-hit Greece,” by Isabel Malsang for the AFP:
Omar Diallo’s head is still swollen after a recent assault on the streets of Athens which left him with several stitches.
Having fled his troubled homeland of Guinea, the 28-year-old is no stranger to violence, but the virulent racism he says he has experienced in crisis-hit Greece has come as a shock.
In the Athens neighbourhood where he lives — an area full of empty, graffiti-covered shops with “for rent” and “for sale” signs on the windows — it has become increasingly dangerous to be a dark-skinned foreigner.
“There are zones where we no longer have the right to go, or where we can only go in groups.”
He was on his own when he was assaulted. The attack was swift and silent, unaccompanied by racist taunts or demands…