Racist shop owner who pushed with her foot a Roma girl sentenced

The photograph of a middle-aged woman kicking a young Roma girl playing the accordion on the foothills of the Acropolis, made headlines in Greece back in 2013.

The incident, described as a racist assault, was captured on camera by Dimitris Messinis, an Associated Press photojournalist.

The incident took place on Dionisiou Aeropagitoy Street, the road that leads to Acropolis, on September 17th 2013. The camera captures the woman to push away the little girl. She is holding a fancy women’s magazine and uses her foot to push away the young accordion player. The girl is around 7 or 8 years old, the woman is the owner of a shop selling souvenirs to tourists.

The publication of the photograph caused an uproar, as thousands of Greeks took to social media to condemn the attack. The issue was even raised at the Greek Parliament.

More than four years later, Messinis announced that the woman in the photograph has been given a three-month suspended sentence for her action.

The woman did not appear at the court hearing, and was sentenced in absentia.


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