In Thessaloniki, Greece, refugee children attack seem to have no soon ending, as they are met with yet another stone throwing, angry protest as parents and nationalist in the streets fighting against the government policy to integrate them.
This xenophobic upheave stems from those fleeing Syria, which is now under attack and finding their ways to different European countries, causing nationals to be frantic and questioning the criminal background, mindset and cultural practices of those coming in the country.
Greece has diplomatically welcomed refugees, regardless of the economic depression it now faces and the refugee children attack news report.
The new school initiative backed by the European Union (EU) follows a law passed by the Greek parliament last August. It kick started new classes to prepare refugee children for eventual integration into the Greek education system.
Ninety-seven schools are currently involved. In three, the initiative was met with contempt. Crowds of far-right nationalists gathered to wave Greek flags, boo the children and shout slogans such as “My homeland won’t fall!”
In the town of Profitis, riot police were called in to escort pupils after stones were being thrown on children.
“The parents of the children here are not racist, but they do still have concerns and we cannot ignore that. The thing is, we didn’t make the children’s arrival debatable – like in some places.”
In Oraiokastro, protesters chained themselves to the school gates. The self-styled “Patriotic Union of Greek Citizens of Oraiokastro” said they didn’t believe the pupils had been adequately vaccinated – something the health ministry has denied. In Perama, there were reports of physical violence, as the refugee children attack went viral.
For Education Ministry General Secretary Giannis Pantis, the fact that there were protests at only three of the 97 schools was a success. “In many other schools the children were welcomed with songs and balloons,” he said.
He oversaw the programme from the start, when a scientific committee of leading Greek intercultural education experts and sociologists was brought together to provide advice. They assessed the work of Non Government Organizations (NGOs) in the camps and designed the curriculum of Maths, Greek, English, art, IT and physical education.