Police Increase Surveillance of Muslim Community as Olympics Approach

March 23, 2004

Source: phillyBurbs.com


On March 23, 2004 phillyBurbs.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, " Greek police have increased scrutiny of Muslim immigrant groups and makeshift mosques in Athens - a city with no official place of worship for Muslims - ahead of the Olympics. The surveillance, confirmed to The Associated Press by police sources, was intensified following the deadly train bombings in Madrid on March 11 and seeks to gain insights into Greece's small and often insular communities of nonnative Muslims. Greece has no record of Muslim extremist activity - as in other parts of Europe such as France or Britain - and many immigrants from the Middle East and elsewhere exist on the margins of Greek society in off-the-books jobs or as day laborers."

See also: Islam, International