Greek riots

is immigration partly the cause?

Greek police have clashed with hundreds of migrants waiting to submit asylum applications in Athens. A riot broke out after one would be refugee plunged into a canal in exactly the same place where another asylum seeker was killed earlier this year.

Community leaders and politicians are warning that Athens inner city is at risk of becoming a racial battleground and are appealing for European assistance to defuse rising tension.

This year, Greece, has attracted a record 80 thousand illegal immigrants, but has been criticized by Europe for failing to help asylum seekers.

From Athens, Malcolm Brabant Astons, Hussein Ali, Sudanese political refugee, Anna Diamantapoulou, MP, former European Social Affairs Commissioner, Yiannis Sgouras, Athens Prefect. 6th December 2008