BBC NEWS | Europe | Greek riots over Nigerian`s death
Greek police have clashed with African immigrants protesting over the death of a Nigerian man in the northern city of Thessaloniki at the weekend.
Police fired tear gas at a stone-throwing crowd who had gathered outside the police station on Monday holding up photographs of the dead man.
The martyr in question seems to have died from jumping off a roof as he was fleeing police, who may or may not have been looking for him.
The regional Prefect, Panayiotis Psomiadis, is quoted as
"expressing solidarity with the cityâ€™s Nigerian community. â€?The tragic death of the young man from Nigeria reminds us all of the difficult days we Greeks experienced a few decades ago when we emigrated to make a living,â€? Psomiadis said. â€?It is the duty of the Greek state, whose development was influenced by emigration, to show sensitivity and attribute blame where necessary.â€?[Protests At Nigerian`s "Murder"Kathimerini, English Edition, August 21, 2007]
Apparently Prefect Psomiadis feels that having sent emigrants overseas, the Greeks should be totally welcoming of immigrants at home. That makes very little sense—I don`t see why the proud people of Greece should suffer for the sins of Michael Dukakis and Arianna Huffington. And I still don`t see why the BBC is calling a Nigerian riot a Greek riot.