Gay Former Swedish MP Attacked on Greek Vacation

Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay person elected to the Swedish parliament in 1998, was attacked while on vacation in Greece, eNet reports:

StafilidisStafilidis, who was accompanied by a friend, initially thought that the three masked men following them were going to rob them.

However, the black-clothed men started yelling homophobic insults at Stafilidis and his friend, calling them “dirty faggots”, and started punching and kicking them on the head and body. They then fled the scene without stealing anything from their victims.

The number of violent attacks on homosexuals has risen in Greece since the debt-crisis started three years ago.

In an article published in the Huffington Post a few months ago, gay-rights activists said that over the last year there is a clear increase in homophobic violence, stressing that the attacks follow the same patterns of Golden Dawn members' attacks against migrants. The neo-nazi party,  which won 18  seats in last June's parliamentary elections, is openly anti-gay.

Born to Greek parents, Stafilidis, who hadn't visited Greece in seven years, said he had already noticed a shift in attitudes before being attacked. “These things go hand-in-hand when a country's prosperity collapses. The crisis makes people susceptible to this kind of rhetoric and sentiment.”

Comments

  1. jamal49 says

    That’s it Greece. Blame gay people for your corruption and economic mismanagement. Real classy.

    But, as in Greece so it is here that whenever things go wrong, gays are the most convenient scapegoats and people believe and buy into it immediately.

    As in Greece so it is here the christian religion is always behind the rise of violent, overt homophobia.

    As in Greece so it is here that we all need to stay vigilant. The ‘phobes here are angry as well.

  2. Roman Bolliger says

    Greek’s economical (and political) crisis will certainly grow when gay tourists (and eventually straight tourists as well) begin to choose more friendly destinations for their vacations. It’s up to the Greek to decide, what image they want their country to have. For Greece Golden Dawn will only bring ice-cold darkness.

  3. jjose712 says

    It’s curious, in Spain the crisis has the opposite effects, there are a lot more left active groups right now.

    Bashing tourists is not exactly what Greek tourism needs

  4. says

    Of all places to attack gays, Greece !

    Achilles and Patroclus, Alexander and Hephaistion, the Sacred Band of Thebes…..and of course the island of Mykanos, where gays have spent millions…..gay is part of their heritage.

    Now the fascists of the Golden Dawn will destroy the efforts at recovery. I have travelled all over Greece…..but now my BF and I will postpone our trip to the ancient sites of Thermopolae, Mycanae, Delos, Samos and to Ephasus in Turkey.
    But my feelings go out to these victims of hate…….what should have been a delightful time in a beautiful country is destroyed by the extremists……in the same way the jews were made scapegoats for the ills of Germany.
    The straight tourism industry will collapse when this gets out especially when linked with Golden dawn…..there has already been a documentary about the group on UK tv.

  5. simon says

    “These things go hand-in-hand when a country’s prosperity collapses.”
    It seems also apply to most of the red states in the US.

  6. simon says

    “These things go hand-in-hand when a country’s prosperity collapses.”
    It seems also apply to most of the red states in the US.

  7. simon says

    “These things go hand-in-hand when a country’s prosperity collapses.”
    It seems also apply to most of the red states in the US.

  8. David says

    This is sad. My boyfriend and I were thinking of a vacation in either Paris or Greece this summer, but both have seen a rise in anti-gay violence. These countries are going to lose a lot of tourist income if they don’t step in and make their cities safer.

  9. Hagatha says

    Let’s see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

  10. Hagatha says

    Let’s see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

  11. Hagatha says

    Let’s see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

  12. ratbastard says

    @Simon,

    Texas is doing very well. It’s a red state. Dallas, Houston, Austin, etc., are booming, actually. The states and cities in obvious decline are actually mostly blue. Our biggest state, California, is in dire straits. Likewise N.Y. Michigan and Detroit are both basket cases. Chicago has become an extremely violent and over taxed place. The opposite of the way it was when I was a kid, Chicago was known as NYC that worked. I wish this wasn’t the case, but it is what it is.

    My own state, Massachusetts, has a basically flat population growth, only slight population increases, due mostly to immigration. Native born Americans are leaving the state in droves. Eastern MA / Greater Boston is actually doing very well compared to most of America, the rest of the state, mostly rural, is not doing well.

  13. ratbastard says

    @Simon,

    Texas is doing very well. It’s a red state. Dallas, Houston, Austin, etc., are booming, actually. The states and cities in obvious decline are actually mostly blue. Our biggest state, California, is in dire straits. Likewise N.Y. Michigan and Detroit are both basket cases. Chicago has become an extremely violent and over taxed place. The opposite of the way it was when I was a kid, Chicago was known as NYC that worked. I wish this wasn’t the case, but it is what it is.

    My own state, Massachusetts, has a basically flat population growth, only slight population increases, due mostly to immigration. Native born Americans are leaving the state in droves. Eastern MA / Greater Boston is actually doing very well compared to most of America, the rest of the state, mostly rural, is not doing well.

  14. GB says

    Could be similar to Greece here at some point. Despite our gains, anti gay hate is a strong force.

  15. says

    @Hagatha: Golden Dawn in Greece is part of the Islamic invasion? Actually, they’re united in hating both gay people and the so-called invaders. There’s no shortage of homophobes in the Orthodox and nationalists worlds–just ask gay people in Russia, Serbia, Croatia etc etc.

  16. Daniel says

    Actually Texas has one of the most corrupt governments on Earth and that includes its bought-and-sold state supreme court.

  17. Mike says

    Was in Mykonos and Athens last year. Mykonos is very, very gay friendly. Athens is not so out but didn’t feel uncomfortable.

  18. ratbastard says

    Yes, Texas has a corrupt state government. I don’t argue with that. And IMO it’s a bonafide police state. The cops are out of control. But the state does has a robust economy.

  19. Liam says

    Ratbastard: Texas also does less for minorities and people in poverty. Teas has more children in poverty than any other state. And besides Texas where else in the red states are these paragons of success? I live in Arkansas. We are at the bottom as are Mississippi and Alabama. Louisiana is not much better. Most of the South is a basket case.