The Police have announced that they have arrested two Greek men in relation to a racially-motivated arson attack against the store of a Cameroonian migrant in Agios Panteleimonas on Tuesday.
According to the police report the two arrested men and three accomplices who are still wanted went to the Cameroonian’s store on Lemesos street on Monday and threatened that they were going to torch his store. Very early on Tuesday morning the group set fire to the building causing damages.
The Police’s Racist Violence Response unit is participating in the investigation, to examine whether the two arrested men and their wanted accomplices have participated in any other of the recent racist incidents in the Agios Panteleimonas area.
The police revealed that they found the fingerprints of one of the arsonists on site, a 34-year-old man who had previously been implicated in a clash with the Cameroonian store-owner. The investigations lead the police to the arrest of another 34-year-old man who was also involved in the attack. Both men are residents of the Agios Panteleimonas area.
One of the two men justified his actions because he considered “peaceful coexistence with immigrants” to be impossible. During the investigation in the homes of the suspects the police found Golden Dawn symbols and slogans drawn on the bedroom closet.
The police has applied to the relevant judicial authorities in order to publicize the photographs of the two men, in case anyone can identify their participation in other racially-motivate crimes in the area. The two arrested men will be lead to prosecutor today to testify, while the police is expected to issue a statement on the case at noon.