Police Conducting ‘Purges and Arrests’ of LGBT People in Greece

Via GR Reporter, anti-LGBT oppression in Greece against trans people:

ThessalonikiThe police in Thessaloniki has been carrying out a series of ungrounded arrests of transgender persons as stated by the Greek Transgender Support Association. "According to written complaints filed by our members who live in Thessaloniki, it is clear that from 30 May 2013 onwards, the police have been carrying out purges and arrests of transgender citizens on a daily basis. The same complaints state that those arrested are being taken to the police headquarters in Thessaloniki in Dimokratia Square, where the victims are waiting for at least three or four hours to be identified under the pretext that the authorities should establish whether the particular person was not a prostitute," reads an address of the non-governmental organization (NGO).

And LGBT people in general:

Late last week, the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Christian Church Antimos openly urged the residents of the northern Greek city not to allow their children to participate in or to promote the gay parade. He described Thessaloniki Pride as an "unholy and unnatural event." Antimos announced that he had received a petition containing nineteen and a half thousand signatures of citizens of Thessaloniki and the surrounding areas, who "strongly and dynamically protest against the outspoken presentation of homosexuals in their city." He said that he was for the repeal of the festival and that he strongly supported the opinion of the discontented.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece.


  1. Chris says

    How so, Tyler? I’m more inclined to believe reports of the Greek Transgender Support Association than those of the police department.

  2. Jerry says

    The Greek Orthodox Church has taken a hard-line, doctrinaire stance against all Greek LGBTs for many years. Greek priests are paid government employees, and are constitutionally protected as representatives of the official religion of Greece. For this reason (among others), progress for Greek LGBTs has been successfully blunted, and they do not have the legal protections common in Western European nations. There are historical precedents, with the leading patron saint of the church, the vicious anti-semite John Chrysostom, who declared homosexuals to be worse than murderers, back in the 4th century. Eastern Orthodoxy has taken a hard-line against LGBTs in Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia and elsewhere where the church wields authority.

  3. Ben says

    The Greek police are heavily infilitrated by the fascist (and homophobic) Golden Dawn party. Golden Dawn is already sending vigilante posses against immigrants; I’m not surprised its police allies are attacking LGBT people.

  4. anon says

    Since austerity measures have been implemented, the police have been arresting people as a way to get bribe money. A whole new underground economy has sprung up in Greece (it was bad before too) as civil servants (a mere 60% of the working population) try to make up for their lost income. When people talk about how the European economy has stagnated as a result of austerity measures, what they miss out is the new underground economy that circumvents tax collection and normal economic reporting.

  5. Zeta says

    So is it a purge, getting tough on prostitution, or bribe-collecting from easy targets?

  6. Joe says

    @zeta- It doesn’t matter. It’s probably all of the above, and a Greek form of ethnic cleansing – thanks to the vicious, institutionalized homophobia of the Greek Orthodox Church and the church-approved fascist Golden Dawn Party.