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									                            GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR (GHM)
                          Address: P.O. Box 60820, GR-15304 Glyka Nera
                     Telephone: (+30) 210.347.22.59. Fax: (+30) 210.601.87.60.

                                             PRESS RELEASE
                                                  25 September 2003

 TOPIC: OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS TO ASSURE NEO-NAZI
 ANTI-SEMITIC AND XENOPHOBIC GRAFFITI ON MAJOR CORINTH-TRIPOLI
                       HIGHWAY IS ERASED

Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) today sent an open letter to Prime Minister Costas Simitis
of Greece informing him of the presence of neo-Nazi anti-Semitic and xenophobic graffiti on
the Corinth-Tripoli (Peloponnisos) highway, and urging him to assure that competent
authorities erase it.

While driving along the Corinth-Tripoli highway on Monday afternoon, 22 September 2003,
GHM observed huge graffiti painted on an imposing site, on a probably abandoned building
just past the 122-kilometer point. The graffiti included the Hitlerist slogan “Juden Raus” (out
with the Jews) and the typical neo-Nazi symbols of the Celtic cross and “88!”. A bit further
down, at the 120-kilometer point on the opposite side of the road (towards Tripoli), was the
signature of the neo-Nazi organization Chryssi Avghi, and “Out with foreigners,” among other
slogans. Since GHM was driving towards Corinth, it was only able to photograph the first
graffiti (photos 3 and 4 on the webpage http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/greekhr/lst).

The graffiti, and especially the first, do not appear to be recent. On the contrary, they look as
though they have been there for weeks if not months. This means that tens of thousands of
Greeks have passed by these slogans, including government ministers and PASOK party
leaders. No one seems to have been sensitive enough to ask the competent authorities to
remove them.

In its appeal to the sensitivity of Prime Minister Simitis on a matter that creates the impression
of tolerance of neo-Nazi slogans, GHM expressed the hope that the Head of the Greek
Government will see to the immediate removal of the graffiti by the competent authorities.




E-mail: office@greekhelsinki.gr
Internet Addresses: Balkan Human Rights Web Pages: http://www.greekhelsinki.gr
The Balkan Human Rights List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/balkanhr
The Greek Human Rights List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/greekhr
Center of Documentation and Information on Minorities in Europe – Southeast Europe: http://www.cedime.net
GHM Board: Panayote Dimitras, Orestis Georgiadis, Dimitrina Petrova, Alan Phillips, Gregory Vallianatos.
International Advisory Committee: Savvas Agouridis, Teuta Arifi, Ivo Banac, Vladimir Bilandzic, Marcel Courthiade,
Loring Danforth, Fernand de Varennes, Victor-Yves Ghebali, Henri Giordan, Krassimir Kanev, Will Kymlicka, Magda
Opalski, Theodore S. Orlin, Dimitrina Petrova, Alan Phillips, Aaron Rhodes, Vladimir Solonari, Patrick Thornberry, Stefan
Troebst, Boris Tsilevich, Tibor Varady, Marc Weller.
Affiliation to International Organizations: Consortium of Minority Resources (COMIR), Euro-Mediterranean Human
Rights Network (EMHRN), European Roma Rights Center (ERRC), International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX),
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), One World Net,
South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), World Organization Against Torture (OMCT).

								
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