Philippos Loizos, the 29 year old administrator of the “Elder Pastitsios” facebook page today received a 10 month suspended sentence for the charge of “insulting religion”, according to reports in Greek media. The same reports state that he will be appealing the decision and will not serve any time in prison. As of right now, the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gerontas.pastitsios/ is not online.
I had previously written in detail about the “Elder Pastitsios” case here.
Report in English: EnetEnglish.gr
Reports in Greek: tvxs.gr, koutipandoras.gr
This is my op-ed that appears in the print edition of the April/May 2013 issue of Free Inquiry magazine.
Nowhere is the European crisis that followed the Wall Street crash of 2008—and especially the subsequent effort to combat it—felt more sharply than in Greece. The country is suffering an economic depression after five years of rapidly declining output with no end in sight as it fails to meet the demands of the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who are since a 2010 bailout its largest creditors. Greece is also one of the largest entry points for immigrants into the EU—many of them asylum seekers—with the result that an estimated 10 percent of the population are not citizens and are widely portrayed in the local media as dangerous criminals.