Pakistani man shot in Greece in suspected hate crime – World

A Pakistani worker in Greece was shot in the head on charges of hate crimes ahead of a major appeals trial involving the anti-racist group Golden Dawn said on Wednesday.

The Kirpa group said 26-year-old Ali Riaz was repeatedly shot by a passing taxi driver while returning from prayers to celebrate the end of Ramazan in central Athens on Monday.

Doctors later removed the pill from his left temple, the group said.

“I didn’t see his face … he was white,” Riaz told the country. TV ERT.

The case awaits an appeal trial on June 15 involving dozens of members of Greece’s third most popular political party, the Golden Dawn group.

In an October 2020 ruling, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michalaliakos and nearly 60 other members were found guilty of participating in a criminal gang.

The group’s crimes included the killing of a Greek anti-racist rapper and the serious beating of an Egyptian fisherman.

Of the 57 convicted in 2020, 40 were imprisoned and 35 are still in prison.

The xenophobic and anti-Semitic organization Golden Dawn existed on the fringes of Greek politics until the 2010 national debt crisis.

Taking advantage of public outrage over immigration and austerity policies, he entered Parliament for the first time in 2012 with a total of 18 seats.

Three years later, the Golden Dawn has emerged as the third most powerful political force in the United States.

One of the Golden Dawn executives imprisoned in 2020 is former party spokeswoman Ilias Kasidiaris. He formed a new nationalist party with less than 2% of the vote.