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To Vima Online - Greece | 25/07/2012

No place for racism in Greece

The Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou has been barred from participating in the Olympic Games in London after posting a racist comment on Twitter. Papachristou was suspended by her team manager after she made offensive remarks about African immigrants in Greece. The left-liberal paper To Vima welcomes the decision: "It is symbolic and fair. ... It is not right that someone in a position as prominent as that of an Olympic athlete should get away with spreading racist views in a public dialogue with people from around the world. ... Her disqualification shows that the rhetoric of hatred is punishable and has no place among the values with which we want to rebuild our country. It is no longer acceptable to tolerate racism. This decision also reveals the boundaries being set for the right-wing ideology which is forcing its way into the mainstream. On the other side of this boundary, a person is no longer conservative, but fascist."

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