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Greece Lightning

Greek athlete gets the boot for racist tweet, also supports Golden Dawn

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Good God Greece. Could you please pull it together just a little bit?

Today, Voula Papachristou, a triple jumper, was cut from Greece’s Olympic team for tweeting a racist remark:

“With so many Africans in Greece… the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!”

A deeper investigation into her Twitter history revealed that Papachristou also has sympathies for the far-right Golden Dawn Party, otherwise known as the Neo-Nazis that 6% of Greece voted for, including half of its police force. While Papachristou apologized for her “tasteless joke,” the Hellenic Olympic representative rightly offered a stern judgment of her:

“She showed no respect for a basic Olympic value and unfortunately she is out,” Isidoros Kouvelos told Greek SKAI TV. “She made a mistake and in life we pay for our mistakes.”

Now if only that rule extended to the Knesset.

Greece expels athelete over racist comments

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The thought police strike. Though I despise these people, we should not criminalize nor punish speech.


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Greece Lightning

Greek athlete gets the boot for racist tweet, also supports Golden Dawn

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