Amnesty International Greek Section
Ecumenical Refugee Program (KSPM) of the Church of Greece
Greek Council for Refugees
Greek Forum of Refugees
Accusations made by lawyer Electra Koutra (6/6/2013)
To summarize: When attempting to visit, in my professional capacity, in the Democratias Square Police Station, a transgender individual who had been detained for the third time in four days (like many other transgender people during the past five days, in response to some kind of order to “clean them up” from the specific area of Thessaloniki), I was prevented from seeing him. When I managed to obtain access, after having called the police emergency number “100” to protest for the impediments in the right of a lawyer to communicate with their client, the duty police officer threw me into the police station’s cell together with a number of other detainees most of them prostitutes that had been detained, and locked me in without giving any reason for my detention.
The other police officers present appeared to encourage these actions by the officer in duty, despite my protests that they should not accept such behavior from their colleagues which is in direct contravention of their oath. Indeed, they were teasing me and telling me 'you asked to be locked in'.