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Greek inmates leak photos of 'hellish' prison hospital

 
Inmates at a Greek prison hospital have launched a hunger strike in protest at the overcrowding that they say is leading to the spread of infectious diseases. Some are also refusing medication. Using a smuggled mobile phone, they are posting photos of their living conditions to Facebook and Twitter. FRANCE 24 interviewed one of them by phone. Read more…
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Ierissos, the small Greek town that won’t give in to gold mining

 
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police conducted a surprise raid on the homes of two men suspected of having carried out an arson attack on a gold mine in northern Greece. The police action caused outrage in the small town of Ierissos, where many residents have been fighting the mine’s expansion. Our Observer tells us that people are fed up with the police’s strong-arm tactics. Read more…
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Life on the inside: a detainee shows us around a prison for illegal immigrants

 
An imprisoned illegal immigrant has managed to send us photos from inside his detention centre in Corinth, Greece. He told us about the conditions he and hundreds of other detained illegal immigrants live in. See photos and read his story...
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Athens anti-fascist motorcades: “Until the police protect immigrants, we'll do it ourselves”

 
Over the past few months, as Greece has sunk deeper into crisis, racist attacks against immigrants have risen sharply. Unsatisfied with the police’s response to this violence, residents of Athens have taken to patrolling a neighbourhood where thugs are known to beat up immigrants and cause damage to their shops. Read more...
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In images: After months of calm, anti-austerity protests hit Greece anew

For the first time since Greece’s new government was elected last June, Greeks took to the streets in massive numbers in Athens and Thessaloniki to protest austerity measures. Our Observer, who was among them, captured the protest with his camera. Read more...
 

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In Greece, it's tough to make ends meet - "even with a good salary"

 
The FRANCE 24 Observers Team has launched a new series of articles, “Our Observers balance their books”, which takes a look at how people from all over the world budget their monthly income and how their finances affect daily life. In our second feature, we meet Werner de Buysère, 49, a self-employed caterer who lives in Athens, Greece. Read more...
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Meeting between Greek villagers and Roma descends into violence

 
A meeting held to discuss problems allegedly linked to the Roma population in the small Greek village of Anthili turned into an all-out brawl on Wednesday. The mayhem was captured on video by our Observer. Read more…
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Greece: Locals help Athens police beat up an immigrant

 
A controversial video revealing apparent police brutality is causing a stir on Greek social networking sites. It shows uniformed police officers, assisted by passers-by wearing tracksuits, beating up an immigrant of Asian origin. Read more...
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Pensioner’s suicide: 'This was political murder!'

 
Thousands of Greeks gathered in front of parliament Wednesday night and Thursday to pay their respects to Dimitris Christoulas, a debt-ridden pensioner who committed suicide over the government’s austerity measures. Our Observer in Athens tells us why Christoulas is being heralded as a hero. Read more...
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Fan videos show Athens football match descend into chaos

 
Stones and Molotov cocktails flying through the air, violent clashes with police – no, this wasn’t another protest over austerity measures in Athens; just a football match. Videos shot by fans in Athens’ Olympic Stadium show how Sunday’s match between Greece’s two main football clubs, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, turned very ugly. Read more...
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