La police grecque à la recherche de tueurs de migrants irakiens

— Greek police are searching for five suspects believed to be involved in the killing of an Iraqi migrant in central Athens, authorities said Sunday, as attacks on immigrants rise amid fears stoked by far right groups that they are to blame for a rise in crime.

A police statement said the young man, whose name and age has not been disclosed, was attacked Sunday morning by the five individuals and struck multiple times by a sharp instrument, likely a knife. He was taken to a hospital but died several hours later.

The statement added that a Romanian and a Moroccan were attacked earlier, but managed to flee. It did not specify if they had sustained injuries

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias offered his condolences to the dead man’s family, declaringthat the state will be ruthless towards all perpetrators of criminal acts, whatever excuse they use (to justify) them.

The far-right party Golden Dawn, running on an openly anti-immigrant platform, polled almost 7 percent of the vote in successive national elections in May and June this year, capitalizing on public fears of rising crime. Party members have sought to take the role of public protectors, distributing food to the poorbut only those with Greek IDsand doing chores for elderly residents that they say are too frightened to venture out of their houses in areas with a heavy migrant presence.

There has been a rise in the number of far right vigilante groups, and immigrants have increasingly been on the receiving end of violent attacks.

The government has sought to blunt Golden Dawn’s rising influence by cracking down on illegal immigration.

In early August, it launched operationHospitable Zeusmaking regular sweeps of immigrants in Athens and tightening patrols along Greece’s northeastern border with Turkey, where the bulk of illegal immigration – sur 100,000 people a yearoccurs.


Glorious Grèce et une semaine de sports nautiques où l'on ne s'est arrêté pour boire!

Par
Charlotte Hawkins

07:15 EST, 12 Août 2012


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07:15 EST, 12 Août 2012

A sailing holiday wasn’t perhaps the very best of ideas – at least not with our track record. The last time my husband Mark and I ventured out on a boat together was on our honeymoon.

Mark had never sailed before but figured it couldn’t be that hard. I’d sailed a lot as a child, but had managed to forget anything I’d ever been taught.

We set sail feeling confident, but things soon went quickly downhill, and much to our shame we managed to capsize the boat – and ended up having to be rescued.

Charlotte Hawkins

Lady in red: Charlotte Hawkins looks glamorous for her evening out visiting the bars and restaurants in Paleros

But we decided to give boats another go – and this time we chose to book a whole sailing week to give us plenty of time to master the waves. Heureusement, we were in safe hands with our instructors at Vounaki in Greece.

Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a salty old seadog, they are always on hand to help you out. You can have as much or as little sailing instruction as you like.

We started off with a private lesson in a Wayfarer but soon progressed to going out on our own in the small and nippy Topaz boats.

There’s a supervised sailing area, so luckily we didn’t have to worry about taking a wrong turn and drifting miles out to sea.

Natural talent: Charlotte has her first attempt at waterskiing, with brilliant results

Natural talent: Charlotte has her first attempt at waterskiing, with brilliant results

And when you finally return to shore after a hard day’s sailing, the staff are standing by to catch the boat and de-rig it for you – meaning you can head straight up the steps to the bar for a much-needed Alfa beer or two, beautifully chilled and served in glasses kept in the freezer.

There was nothing like sitting back, taking in the stunning view of the bay and watching in amusement everyone else’s antics on the water.

Our accommodation may have been basic but it was clean and had everything we needed, so certainly didn’t detract from our holiday.

We spent so much time outside that we were hardly in the room, as the sun was blissfully hot until well after 7pm. We quite often stayed around the pool until late, had a quick shower, then headed out to the bar.

It was a great discovery to find our favourites there, and not the usual unknown substitutes. So it was a Tanqueray and tonic for me and a Havana Club rum for Mark, after which we’d choose something from the decent wine list, which had a mixture of local and New World offerings.

At the base of the Acarnanian Mountains, the sun was scorching most days as temperatures headed towards 104F (40C).

It made the prospect of watersports even more appealing, and we tried windsurfing (without much successwhich I’m putting down to lack of wind at the time), and two-man kayaking.

My plan for this was, cependant, foiled when Mark insisted I sat in the front so he could check my paddling!

I was glad I was persuaded to try waterskiing as well, as it was amazing. The surprise was that I managed to stay on my feet. We had timed our week to make sure we were there before the schools broke up to avoid the stampede of too many little feet – but it was fascinating to see the children’s clubs in action.

Sunsail's dinghies on the beach at Vounaki in mainland Greece

Meet the fleet: Sunsail’s dinghies on the beach at Vounaki in mainland Greece

Throughout the day you’d witness a steady stream of kids doing various activities, whether it was three-year-olds in lifejackets learning how to star-jump into the pool, six-year-olds dressed up as pirates doing a treasure hunt, or 12-year-olds taking part in a canoe race.

The family pool was good for swimming lengths but there was also an adults-only one for those wanting to escape (or parents wanting to hide).

One thing it was hard to hide from was the aqua aerobics as the music would belt out, shattering the peace and quiet.

We were gently persuaded to join in and actually had great fun as the endlessly energetic fitness coordinator Tebow led us in what I can only describe as ‘rave’ aerobics – it had to be seen to be believed.

The staff were a big part of creating the friendly atmosphere that worked so well, and they were all happy to help whenever they could.

Charlotte takes control of one of Sunsail's topaz dinghies

Tiller girl: Charlotte takes control
of one of Sunsail’s brightly coloured topaz dinghies

At breakfast they’d stop and chat, asking us what we had planned for the day and suggesting ideas if we hadn’t made up our minds. In the evening they went above and beyond their job description by leading the way in the Greek dancing – something we decided it was safer to watch from afar.

The town of Lefkas is only a short trip away for those wanting somewhere larger to visit, but as we had been there on a previous holiday we decided to walk the few minutes along the coast to the local town of Paleros instead.

It may be small but there are several waterside restaurants to choose from, including the Yacht Club. We popped in there to have a gin and tonic and enjoy the sunset, planning to eat some Greek food later.

Cependant, once we spotted the wood oven we decided pizza was in order, accompanied by a chilled bottle of rose. We kept it local by opting for their speciality Greek pizza, and sat and watched the sunset to the sound of gently clinking halyards from nearby yachts.

We had wondered how noticeable the effects of the economic turmoil in the country would be. When I told everyone where we were going, they warned of cash machines running out of money, or joked about taking drachmas as a back-up.

But as a tourist you’re shielded from the reality. You might notice the increased tax of 23 per cent on anything you buy, and there may be extra urgency from the restaurant owners as they try to cajole you to have a meal.

But despite the hardships, the Greek people were as friendly as ever. We were really glad to have opted for an active holiday. Getting up at 3.15am every day for work means my holidays are usually ultra-chilled to recharge the batteries.

But the sailing break offered a perfect combination of being able to do something physical when I wanted and lounge by the pool when I didn’t.

We came back feeling relaxed but also invigorated, and now have the sailing bug. So much so we’re planning to get our skipper qualification, and here’s hoping we’ve now firmly left our capsizing days behind us.

Faits de voyage

Sunsail (0845 868 7456, www.sunsail.co.uk) offers seven nights at the Sunsail Club Vounaki from £499
y compris les vols de Gatwick, transfers and half board plus free activities, watersports and kids’ clubs.


Vacances de sports nautiques, Grèce: Sky Nouvelles' Charlotte Hawkins va dériveur et le ski nautique

Par
Charlotte Hawkins

07:15 EST, 12 Août 2012


|

07:15 EST, 12 Août 2012

A sailing holiday wasn’t perhaps the very best of ideas – at least not with our track record. The last time my husband Mark and I ventured out on a boat together was on our honeymoon.

Mark had never sailed before but figured it couldn’t be that hard. I’d sailed a lot as a child, but had managed to forget anything I’d ever been taught.

We set sail feeling confident, but things soon went quickly downhill, and much to our shame we managed to capsize the boat – and ended up having to be rescued.

Charlotte Hawkins

Lady in red: Charlotte Hawkins looks glamorous for her evening out visiting the bars and restaurants in Paleros

But we decided to give boats another go – and this time we chose to book a whole sailing week to give us plenty of time to master the waves. Heureusement, we were in safe hands with our instructors at Vounaki in Greece.

Whether you’re a complete novice or a bit of a salty old seadog, they are always on hand to help you out. You can have as much or as little sailing instruction as you like.

We started off with a private lesson in a Wayfarer but soon progressed to going out on our own in the small and nippy Topaz boats.

There’s a supervised sailing area, so luckily we didn’t have to worry about taking a wrong turn and drifting miles out to sea.

Natural talent: Charlotte has her first attempt at waterskiing, with brilliant results

Natural talent: Charlotte has her first attempt at waterskiing, with brilliant results

And when you finally return to shore after a hard day’s sailing, the staff are standing by to catch the boat and de-rig it for you – meaning you can head straight up the steps to the bar for a much-needed Alfa beer or two, beautifully chilled and served in glasses kept in the freezer.

There was nothing like sitting back, taking in the stunning view of the bay and watching in amusement everyone else’s antics on the water.

Our accommodation may have been basic but it was clean and had everything we needed, so certainly didn’t detract from our holiday.

We spent so much time outside that we were hardly in the room, as the sun was blissfully hot until well after 7pm. We quite often stayed around the pool until late, had a quick shower, then headed out to the bar.

It was a great discovery to find our favourites there, and not the usual unknown substitutes. So it was a Tanqueray and tonic for me and a Havana Club rum for Mark, after which we’d choose something from the decent wine list, which had a mixture of local and New World offerings.

At the base of the Acarnanian Mountains, the sun was scorching most days as temperatures headed towards 104F (40C).

It made the prospect of watersports even more appealing, and we tried windsurfing (without much successwhich I’m putting down to lack of wind at the time), and two-man kayaking.

My plan for this was, cependant, foiled when Mark insisted I sat in the front so he could check my paddling!

I was glad I was persuaded to try waterskiing as well, as it was amazing. The surprise was that I managed to stay on my feet. We had timed our week to make sure we were there before the schools broke up to avoid the stampede of too many little feet – but it was fascinating to see the children’s clubs in action.

Sunsail's dinghies on the beach at Vounaki in mainland Greece

Meet the fleet: Sunsail’s dinghies on the beach at Vounaki in mainland Greece

Throughout the day you’d witness a steady stream of kids doing various activities, whether it was three-year-olds in lifejackets learning how to star-jump into the pool, six-year-olds dressed up as pirates doing a treasure hunt, or 12-year-olds taking part in a canoe race.

The family pool was good for swimming lengths but there was also an adults-only one for those wanting to escape (or parents wanting to hide).

One thing it was hard to hide from was the aqua aerobics as the music would belt out, shattering the peace and quiet.

We were gently persuaded to join in and actually had great fun as the endlessly energetic fitness coordinator Tebow led us in what I can only describe as ‘rave’ aerobics – it had to be seen to be believed.

The staff were a big part of creating the friendly atmosphere that worked so well, and they were all happy to help whenever they could.

Charlotte takes control of one of Sunsail's topaz dinghies

Tiller girl: Charlotte takes control
of one of Sunsail’s brightly coloured topaz dinghies

At breakfast they’d stop and chat, asking us what we had planned for the day and suggesting ideas if we hadn’t made up our minds. In the evening they went above and beyond their job description by leading the way in the Greek dancing – something we decided it was safer to watch from afar.

The town of Lefkas is only a short trip away for those wanting somewhere larger to visit, but as we had been there on a previous holiday we decided to walk the few minutes along the coast to the local town of Paleros instead.

It may be small but there are several waterside restaurants to choose from, including the Yacht Club. We popped in there to have a gin and tonic and enjoy the sunset, planning to eat some Greek food later.

Cependant, once we spotted the wood oven we decided pizza was in order, accompanied by a chilled bottle of rose. We kept it local by opting for their speciality Greek pizza, and sat and watched the sunset to the sound of gently clinking halyards from nearby yachts.

We had wondered how noticeable the effects of the economic turmoil in the country would be. When I told everyone where we were going, they warned of cash machines running out of money, or joked about taking drachmas as a back-up.

But as a tourist you’re shielded from the reality. You might notice the increased tax of 23 per cent on anything you buy, and there may be extra urgency from the restaurant owners as they try to cajole you to have a meal.

But despite the hardships, the Greek people were as friendly as ever. We were really glad to have opted for an active holiday. Getting up at 3.15am every day for work means my holidays are usually ultra-chilled to recharge the batteries.

But the sailing break offered a perfect combination of being able to do something physical when I wanted and lounge by the pool when I didn’t.

We came back feeling relaxed but also invigorated, and now have the sailing bug. So much so we’re planning to get our skipper qualification, and here’s hoping we’ve now firmly left our capsizing days behind us.

Faits de voyage

Sunsail (0845 868 7456, www.sunsail.co.uk) offers seven nights at the Sunsail Club Vounaki from £499
y compris les vols de Gatwick, transfers and half board plus free activities, watersports and kids’ clubs.