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Secretary General of Social Solidarity: The state stands by the family of the 16-year-old Roma

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Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the general secretary of Social Solidarity of the Ministry of Labor, Giorgos Stamatis, was at the hospital and spoke with the parents, who emphasized that the state is close to the minor’s relatives.

The atmosphere remains tense at the Hippocrates Hospital of Thessaloniki, where the 16-year-old who was shot in the head by a policeman is being treated in an extremely critical condition, with the anger of the Roma who speak of a racist attack overflowing.

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Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the general secretary of Social Solidarity of the Ministry of Labor, Giorgos Stamatis, was at the hospital and spoke with the parents, who emphasized that the state is close to the minor’s relatives.

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“I came here today both as secretary general and as a person. I met with the family. It is a very tragic and unpleasant event for a fellow citizen of 16 years, for a child. The state will be here to support and help with whatever the family needs. Justice has taken over the rest. I want to empower parents. It is a difficult case, but the state was, is and will be here for whatever they need,” he said in his statements.

The family, for its part, did not ask for anything. “We came here to see them, to talk, to support them in this difficult situation that they and their child are experiencing. We will be here to support them”, said Mr. Stamatis.

At the same time, outside the hospital there were a large number of Roma, friends and relatives of the 16-year-old who demanded, in addition to the one who shot, that the other three policemen who were present at the incident be imprisoned.

“It was a racist shot. It was not one, but two. He said he kicked the tires. The shot was straight. He went to finish him off. We want the entire criminal group involved to go to jail. We don’t just want him to go to jail. Could someone tell him don’t pull, what are you doing? We are chasing a man for 20 euros. We are not after any big criminal. We live in Greece. We don’t live in some jungle,” declares one of the gathered.

He also emphasizes that if the state cannot protect them, they will take the law into their own hands.

“What they did was not right. Since the law cannot protect us, we will protect ourselves. We will take up arms. If someone is going to kill us like that, we will kill ourselves and let’s go in.”

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