Greece’s Far Right Seizes on the Refugee Crisis to Push Its Racist Vision

Riot police try to keep protesters away from migrants during clashes at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, April 22, 2018 (Eurokinissi photo via AP).
Riot police try to keep protesters away from migrants during clashes at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, April 22, 2018 (Eurokinissi photo via AP).
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ATHENS—“Burn them alive!” The sinister shouts of far-right thugs to migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos last month made news all over the world. The thugs had attacked and injured hundreds of refugees camping in the central square of Mytilene, the island’s capital. The police didn’t intervene. While many hoped it was a one-off, the scenes were repeated two weeks ago, when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the island. The same far-right groups attacked activists, journalists and even police officers. Again, no arrests were made. For those following Greek politics, this might sound all too familiar. […]

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