On 7 March 2022, the Panhellenic Confederation of Greek Roma filed a complaint alleging that racist rhetoric was directed at the Roma community by the head of social services of the municipality of Salamina.
According to the complaint, Athanasios Alaiskas, a municipal councillor of Salamina, wrote an offensive comment on a Facebook post by Salamina Mayor George Panagopoulos. The post concerned the removal of old payphones from the island, and Mr Alaiskas wrote “…Where will the Roma defecate now?”
Although discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of any personal characteristic is prohibited by Article 4 of the Constitution, this case highlights a serious incident of racist rhetoric by a person holding public office in the municipality of Salamina.
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