Fear and Violence Rise in Greece

Reeling from a crushing economic crisis that has put nearly two million people out of work, and with extremism on the increase, Greece is seeing a spike in the number of violent crimes and verbal abuse, police records show, with the likelihood of more tension as the government sets to pass a $17.45 billion spending cut and tax hike plan and start firing public workers.

Statistics show a sharp increase in the number of calls to the police from January to September. “We have seen a rise in violent behavior, both physical and verbal,” 100 emergency hotline operator Sofia Papingioti told Kathimerini. “It is clear that citizens are losing their patience, they are becoming more abrupt and are more ready for a fight.”

In the first nine months of 2012, the 100 hotline had already received 894,000 calls from Attica alone, with the majority coming from Athens and Piraeus. The average for each of the previous three years was at around one million totally each year.

Papingioti also noted that the service receives a lot more calls over “suspicious figures” or ringing car and homes alarms, indicating a high level of fear among citizens. The most calls are made on Fridays and are mainly in regard to alcohol-related altercations.

In the last week of September, police said they stopped and searched some 37,000 suspects across the country last week in a campaign to clamp down on crime. A total of 4,793 were briefly detained and 708 arrested for alleged robberies, thefts and drug-related offenses.

Ironically, the increase in crime has benefited the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which has 18 seats in Parliament and seeing its popularity rise as it puts out vigilante patrols in neighborhood and offers its services to people who said they need protection.

(Source: ANSA)


  1. Seems nearly every day GR writes about GD. (sometimes several times a day). What’s with the obsessiveness over GD and far leftist-like rants in support of illegals? I thought GR was supposed to be pro-Greek? These articles are coming off more and more as anti-Greek as days go by. I am starting to seriously wonder if the primary interest of US based staff of GR is  the US…. or the Greek people?

    And is the staff of GR more interested in promoting bizarre left wing anti-Hellenic extremist policies into Greece… surrendering our sovereignty to masses of illegals…. or defending our country?  The leftis bias in GR articles lately is extreme. For instance this article talks about “violence”… yet  neglects to mention the  statistical reality that vast majority of violence in Greece is by LEFTIST EXTREMISTS and ILLEGALS. (by a long shot).

  2. Most of the violence in Greece is by LEFTIST EXTREMISTS and ILLEGALS.

    This article is crap.

  3. Leftist “human rights”


  4. Where is the mention of the VIOLENT LEFTIST EXTREMISM that plagues Greece Mr. Papapostolou? Do you and Andy condone far left extremism? Why do you go on and on about GD yet say absolute nothing about the VIOLENT LEFTIST EXTREMISTS… that far exceed GD numbers…. that continue to ravage our country with endless violence and anti-hellenic extremism?

  5. And aside from the rampent violence by leftist extremists… there are the illegals that “make up 40% of our prison population.

    Every illegal in Greece is has committed some sort of a criminal act. From violating our soverign borders…. to tax evasion… to working illegally in the country… to selling conterfeit goods,,,  to prostitution… to drugs… robbery…murder…. you name it.

    Yet to listen to leftist extremists all the illegals are “victims of racism” and “immigrants”.

    This…. coupled with the left barely saying a peep about IMRO Nazis once against threatening our homeland……. leftist’s parrot  the foreign press’s currently in vogue Greek bashing…. then they wonder why so many Greeks are furious at the left and swinging to far right?

  6. More on “peaceful leftists.

    “Mass killings occurred under some Communist regimes during the twentieth
    century with an estimated death toll numbering between 85 and 100
    Scholarship focuses on the causes of mass killings in single societies,
    though some claims of common causes for mass killings have been made.
    Some higher estimates of mass killings include not only mass murders or
    executions that took place during the elimination of political
    opponents, civil wars, terror campaigns, and land reforms, but also lives lost due to war, famine, disease, and exhaustion in labor camps:


  7. What I would like to know is why does Greek reporter go on and on about right wing extremists (virtually every day now)…. yet
    stay largely silent  about LEFT WING VIOLENCE that far far exceeds
    rightwing violence in Greece?  Shouldn’t GR be writing about violent
    leftist extremists in Greece in even greater frequency than GD?

    Or are
    some of the staff of Greek Reporter sympathetic to violent leftist