Posted by: becketfund | May 23, 2009

Greece: Muslims Protest Alleged Defacement of Quran by Policeman

ATHENS – Dozens of cars were smashed and 14 people were hospitalized with injuries after protests by Muslim immigrants angered at the alleged defacement of a Quran by a Greek policeman ended in a riot, Haaretz reported on May 23. Police said they will investigate the allegation that a police officer tore up the Iraqi immigrant’s copy of the Quran while checking his identity papers in Athens on Wednesday. “Anyone found responsible will be strictly held to account. But this isolated incident cannot justify these acts of violence,” said Christos Markoyiannakis, a minister in charge of police.

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