Two Bangladeshi migrants claimed they were assaulted on Wednesday evening outside a makeshift Muslim prayer place by a crowd of local residents in a downtown inner city Athens neighbourhood that has dominated the national limelight of late vis-à-vis the issue of urban ghettoisation in the Greek capital.
The alleged incident took place in the congested Aghios Panteleimonas district, which has generated increased media coverage over the recent period due to rallies by local residents against the presence of large numbers of illegal immigrants -- primarily from the Middle East and South Asia -- in the vicinity. Local residents have vociferously pointed to an increase in crime and the area's downgrading. Even more menacing, the tension has attracted the presence of ultra-nationalist and neo-fascist youths on one side, and self-styled urban anarchist youth on the other.
A police patrol dispatched to the scene took the two men to a local hospital, while reports state that the pair declined to file charges against unknown perpetrators.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a group of migrant street peddlers in the centre of Athens on Thursday afternoon briefly clashed with riot police after claiming that law enforcement authorities -- a joint police (EL.AS) and municipal police detail -- confiscated Muslim holy writings on papyrus amongst the bootleg wares they were peddling.
The man that made the claim and instigated the incident, an Iraqi street peddler, was taken to a local police precinct where he made a statement, before being released.