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Palestinian diplomatic mission disputes press claims related to clashes in Patras

Δημοσίευση 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 12:08 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Palestinian diplomatic mission disputes press claims related to clashes in Patras
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The diplomatic mission of the Palestinian Authority in Athens on Wednesday emphasised, in a press release, that none of the dozens of foreign nationals arrested in recent clashes in the port of Patras are Palestinians.

The diplomatic mission of the Palestinian Authority in Athens on Wednesday emphasised, in a press release, that none of the dozens of foreign nationals arrested in recent clashes in the port of Patras are Palestinians.

Additionally, the diplomatic mission said that none of the hundreds of migrants involved in the clashes between rival gangs attempting to control "access" to the port -- viewed as a 'gateway' to western Europe for Third World illegal migrants -- are Palestinian, stressing that they come from different countries but declare themselves as Palestinians upon arrival in Greece.

In a statement issued in response to press reports claiming "clashes between Afghans and ‘Palestinians' in Patras” the diplomatic mission stressed that “Greek authorities provided such people with necessary legal documents bearing the indication 'Palestinian' in compliance with the current practice followed in cases of self-determination of individuals of undetermined nationality.”

The Palestinian diplomatic mission underlined that it is unfair for the Palestinians living in Greece to be stigmatised by actions they did not commit, “when the overwhelming majority of them (Palestinians in Greece) are peace-loving and law abiding citizens, who love and respect Greece, its people and laws and are grateful to the Greek people for the hospitality and also for the solidarity they show to the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice, freedom and peace.”