Greek football hooligans attack Mawlid procession in Athens

Video footage has emerged showing members of the Pakistani community in Athens being attacked by Greek football hooligans during a Mawlid procession.

Thessaloniki PAOK football club supporters had gathered in Omonia Square in Athens before a league game against Panionios.

Simultaneously, a procession of Pakistani Muslims celebrating the Mawlid – the birth of the Prophet Muhammad – was also passing through Omonia.

The PAOK fans began taunting and insulting the Muslims, and soon after began to assault them.

Riot police who were responsible for escorting the fans to the game’s venue intervened, and the clashes ended after a few minutes, and stun grenades and tear gas was used to disperse the violent altercation between the two groups.

Although escorted by Greek police to the stadium, the hooligans began insulting the marchers and attacked them.

According to local media, there were around 200 fans, while some 800 Muslims took part in the Mawlid procession.

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