Three young German tourists, who were having their holidays at Hersonissos in the Greek island Crete, Greece, were reportedly beaten by a group of Cretans, another incident of violence on the island which has seen a spate of rapes and a murder of a tourist.
According to eyewitnesses, it all started with no cause or reason. The German friends were walking at Hersonissos, when three Cretans wearing black clothes approached them.
When the Cretans realized that the tourists were German, they attacked them and beat them. One of the tourists had his leg injured and was holding crutches, officials said. They pushed him on the ground and did not beat them due to his condition.
The two others received several hits on the head and the legs and were immediately transferred to a private clinic that functions there right after. According to reports, during the beating, the three suspects were insulting German Chancellor Angela Merkel (seen here) and Germany, which has been insisting on harsh austerity measures in return for backing international bailouts.
Crete suffered atrocities by the Nazis during World War II after putting up fierce resistance to an invasion.
Crete hasn’t been doing as well as other Greek destinations and islands in drawing tourists in what looks like a record year for visitors for Greece which is depending on tourism to help offset a crushing economic crisis.