After months of harassment and abuse at the hands of the Greek police, members of the Greek transgender community last night decided they had had enough.
Details of what happened are still emerging. However, from contacts with the Greek Transgender Association and pictures supplied, it is clear that at around midnight (UK time), 2 in the morning (Greek time), a massive police operation, intended once more to take a group of transgender women into custody for questioning and identity checks was met with passive resistance, as many of the trans women simply refused to be detained, and retaliated by lying down in the road.
More details to follow.
The images below were captured by a trans woman present during the police raid last night:
– Since 2012: police abuse of trans women in Thessaloniki has gradually snowballed. Tactics include taking women off the street for identity checks, holding them in custody overnight and carrying out forced HIV checks
– June 4/5, Human Rights lawyer, Electra Koutra, going to the aid of one of her clients was first refused admission to a police station – then herself held unlawfully by police officers. She is now suing the police. Human Rights organisations across Europe have called on the Greek authorities not to intimidate or harass her.
– Police have retaliated by suing her for “defamation”.
– The Greek Minister for Justice has issued a statement playing down such incidents and arguing that police actions are necessary to improve the image of Thessaloniki
Edited to amend the times given: cause i’m a tad dizzy on this stuff and didn’t properly convert Greek time to UK. Anyway, the e-mail telling me this was happening “just now” arrived at 23.54 UK time…