Location: Places >> Europe >> Greece
Login for full access to Couchsurfing Groups. Not a member yet? Join our community!

Police brutality, racism, and social issues in Greece
Posted January 10th, 2013 - 7:20 pm from Arcadia, United States
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 8:51 pm by from Brussels, Belgium (Permalink)
Dear CS friend,

My first reaction would be "Where is 100% safe"? Such unfortunate incidents happen all over the world on every day basis.

I have been several times to Greece and I could only tell you from my personal point of view that Greeks are one of the greatest nations and it is a very safe country to be.

Therefore, I would recommend to remove any negative thoughts and be happy to visit Greece which gave birth to democracy.

All the best!!!

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 9:21 pm from Merano, Italy
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 9:43 pm by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
Hello my friend!

First of all,I have to apologize for some possible mistakes in my english...Don't get me wrong,but to be honest I'm tired of reading such comments from people who live abroad and get their information only through the media.Please,don't believe whatever you hear by the journalists as there is a lot of propaganda...It is true that incidents like this have happened,but they don't happen regularly.We are STILL a SAFE country!It is also true that crime rates have increased in recent years because of many factors,but foreign media often exaggerate!Although,some parts of Athens,especially,are a bit dangerous,there is NO RISK travelling here.And if you don't believe me you can check it in lists of wikipedia(although they are not very representative) where you can see that murder rate in Greece is only 1,5 while other countries such as Belgium or Finland have a higher rate.Of course this is only an example to understand that Greece is not a hell like media describe it very often.There are over 17 million tourists here each year,so if the situation was really bad,nobody would visit Greece.All in all,it is almost impossible that you will face a problem.So,I highly recommend you a journey here.There are a lot to see and I don't think you will regret it!

Best wishes!

Post removed.
Posted January 10th, 2013 - 10:49 pm by from Thessaloniki, Greece (Permalink)
This post has been removed by the user.

Deleted Post
Posted January 10th, 2013 - 11:45 pm from Arcadia, United States
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 12:14 am by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
I am gonna answer to u with another article from BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4713753.stm
So i am gonna ask U now, would you go to London after what u read?

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 6:25 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Totally agreed with Pavlos!

You know pigs are pigs everywhere. If we could give the authority to the citizens instead of politicians and police, all countries would be amazing.
And so far, it is not WW2 time, noone gonna bomb anyplace. Accidents and bad things can happen in everywhere. (just take care of your personal belongings, don't visit dangerous places if you don't know the local language)

And if you will just believe the news and comments of fake media, as we know USA is the country which has the highest rate of raping, personal arming, racism to Africans and police terror (still can't beat Turkey).

In conclusion, visit Greece! Don't let one bad apple to spoil all the bunch.

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 6:40 am by from Montresta, Italy (Permalink)
Greece is ok- Athens is ok- a lot of Times-my tip the south Peloponnese Mani Peninsula- relax 100 %-

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 8:20 am from Merano, Italy
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 8:43 am by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
I'm mentioning what they told us on the news, not my thoughts.

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 2:08 pm by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
There's a bigger thread on this matter in the Athens group as well.

I've lived in both Athens and London and never had any problems (apart from occasional pickpocketing). In 2012 I found myself in several places, among which Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Lima, Israel, Palestine and Egypt. Pretty much everyone was trying to convince me that it's not safe to go there, sending me links with all that can happen to you there blahblahblah.

I'm not trying to show that I travel a lot - just trying to prove that if you only trust the media, you will miss out on MANY amazing experiences...!

It's the same like saying "we shouldn't go to the US because they have shotguns"... (I recently read somewhere that one in four people in Switzerland own a gun... pretty amazing figure for such a peaceful country)!

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 2:17 pm from Athens, Greece
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Post removed.
Posted January 11th, 2013 - 10:04 am by from Thessaloniki, Greece (Permalink)
This post has been removed by the user.

Deleted Post
Post removed.
Posted January 11th, 2013 - 1:29 pm by from Thessaloniki, Greece (Permalink)
This post has been removed by the user.

Deleted Post
Posted January 13th, 2013 - 10:44 pm by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
heh, I am a foreigner and living with some others like me- we all are in different shapes and sizes, so dont judge my blonde hair etc!- here in Greece... sure we all have been asked to show our documents once in a while.. but none of us had never any problem...
Same happened to me in France few years ago... I had my passport left in another city.. so i was taken to police station and had to wait for hours near criminals.. but after all it was just fun experience..
So I would say, Greece is the best and safest country so far I have been living in :))

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 8:45 am by from Thessaloniki, Greece (Permalink)
The truth is that there has been a rise of expression of racism and anti-immigrant feelings due to the media, government and Golden Dawn (fascist party) propaganda in Greece lately, but it's limited. This doesn't mean that tourists are going to be in trouble, but since you have an Asian complexion you should be careful and always carry your passport on you when you are in Athens, just to be safe. There is a lot of racism in police ranks in Athens, since most of them are Golden Dawn supporters. Still, the articles you're reading are referering to isolated incidents, so you shouldn't think of it like going to a dangerous place.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 10:26 am from Dresden, Germany
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 1:56 pm from Athens, Greece
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.