Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC)
Vandal and Xenophobic Rowdyism Shall
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According to the press reports, during the football match of the date
March 29, 2005 that was played in Athens between the football teams
of Greece and Albania, there occurred some incidents that were accompanied
by anti -Albanian slogans that led to this incident - the Albanian Flag-
the symbol of our state was publicly burnt, torn and removed.
Instigators to this reiterated phenomenon were the extremist Greek
groups with conspicuous xenophobic feelings that aim to infringe the
climate of friendship between our country and Greece.
Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC) strongly denounces this vandal act
of the extreme chauvinist with remarkable fascist dosages and seeks
that the culprits be legally prosecuted. It is true that after the event
the Greek Police detained and arrested some individuals caught in the
act, but AHC shares the opinion that the main task of the police was
to prevent this painful and punishable incident from happening.
AHC does not agree with the fact that while the Albanian fans, migrants
in Greece were deprived of the right to buy the tickets to attend the
match like the rest of the population, the young nazi-skins, likely
to instigate hatred against Albanian were allowed to attend and undertake
extreme actions that were punishable from the Greek rational opinion.
Albanian Helsinki Committee expresses its own considerations for that
part of the Greek media, for some of the Greek intellectuals as well
as for the Greek Football Federation that immediately condemned the
On this occasion, AHC appeals to the Government of the Republic of
Albania and especially to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania
to intervene to the relevant Greek authorities by seeking that the culprits
be prosecuted and to take measures in order not to reiterate such cases
in the future.
Last case openly and convincingly showed that the instigators were
not the Albanians but some groups with noticeable xenophobic inclinations
that wish to impede the friendly relationship between the two countries.
AHC also appeals to the Greek non-governmental organizations that are
committed in the field of the protection of freedom and human rights
to react towards such acts, this way contributing to the establishment
of the climate of cooperation and understanding between our peoples.
Tirana, March 30, 2005