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Greece tackles its image as a state of racists

Poll underlines urgency of anti-discrimination bill. Greeks found guilty of discriminating against religious or ethnic groups will face up to a year in prison under legislation presented by the Athens government in attempts to quash a rise in racist incidents. The measure, included in a new anti-discrimination law, follows a rash of confrontations with the growing immigrant population. One attack prompted a protest by Pakistani migrants in Athens. “This is a law whose aim is to try to guarantee the equal treatment of all people,” said the justice minister, Philippos Petsalnikos. “More work needs to be done to ensure the smooth integration of immigrant communities.” The bill, which aims to bring Greece in line with EU anti-discrimination standards, is expected to be approved by the Socialist-dominated parliament before the end of the year. Full Story

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