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XENOPHOBIA Anti-Immigrant Attacks Up in Greece Sakis Mitroldis, AFP / Getty Images

Anti-Immigrant Attacks Up in Greece

Greek’s economic collapse hasn’t just brought massive unemployment, austerity, and protests—it has also brought the rise of the far-right Golden Dawn party and an uptick in violence targeting immigrants. Amid the rising influence among the Greek people of Golden Dawn, which has Nazi influences and retains a rather swastika-like symbol, Human Rights Watch has issued a report about the “alarming proportions” of xenophobic attacks. Experts are pointing a finger at Golden Dawn’s victory in last month’s elections, in which the fringe party was able to secure 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats, and they say that the country’s fiscal catastrophe makes its citizens more susceptible to extremist influences.

July 10, 2012 9:05 PM