ATHENS, Greece – Police say they have arrested two Greek men on suspicion of attacking a Cameroonian national and setting fire to his coffee bar in a central Athens neighborhood that has become a flashpoint of racist violence.
The two, both 34, were appearing before a prosecutor later Thursday. Police spokesman Christos Parthenis said a search of the suspects' homes revealed "slogans and symbols of a particular political party" on the bedroom cupboard of one of the suspects. The extreme right Golden Dawn party has frequently been accused violent attacks against immigrants. It denies such charges.
The suspects, along with another three men, allegedly verbally harassed the Cameroonian man Monday evening, threatening to burn down his coffee bar, Parthenis said. The two are accused of carrying out their threat early Tuesday.