Greek officials deplore racist attack on Afghan family home

Greece's government has condemned an attack on the Athens home of an Afghan refugee family whose son made news after being picked to carry the Greek flag at a school parade.

The windows of the family's apartment were broken by stones in Friday's pre-dawn attack, which government officials, political parties and the U.N. refugee agency denounced as racist.

The family's 11-year-old son had drawn the lot for the traditional honor of carrying the flag at a parade last week remembering the country's entry into World War II. The Education Ministry has ordered an investigation into why the boy ended up instead carrying a sign with the name of his primary school.

Racist attacks have increased during Greece's financial crisis, and a Nazi-inspired nationalist party entered parliament in 2012.