A group of individuals clashed with riot police outside an area in Omonia on Tuesday, February 26, following a march in Central Athens to protest the death of a Nigerian immigrant earlier this month.
According to media reports, 34-year-old Ebuka Mamasubek, a father of two, was in the Omonia Police Station waiting room on February 8 by officers.
A Greek man who saw the police’s brutality against Ebuka in front of his shop shouted at the police not to hit him.
The march, among others, by the Movement against Racism and the Fascist Threat (KEERFA), began in Propylea at about 6:00 on Tuesday.
A statement by an organization, United Women of Africa, reads:
A few days ago, a man from Nigeria, from our community, was murdered at the Omonoia Square in Athens by Greek police. We must march on the streets and shout for justice. We must do something now before more lives are lost. This is not the first time such things have happened. We already know of two other people from our community who were recently murdered by Greek police. And unfortunately, many more have lost their lives over the years and the cases remain unknown. Basically, we are informed about the complaints of people of African descent by the police who are dying on the street. These murders are silenced.
Ebuka was the father of two children, one of whom was newborn. His wife, children and community are now mourning. We stand in solidarity with his family and his loved ones.
The police are not protecting us. As the African community in Greece, we constantly feel that our lives are in danger. We demand justice for Ebuka! ”