There has been unrest in the Pyrgos area for several days following a hooliganism incident in the city center 10 days ago. In a video that has become public, two young gypsies are beating a 14-year-old boy near the church of Agios Nikolaos.
In a 20-second video broadcast on Mega TV, a 14-year-old boy is punched in the face twice and then again. The case has already gone to court after the teenager’s parents filed a complaint. In fact, according to the boy’s father, this was not the first time his son had been attacked.
Also, according to the mother, who spoke with the newspaper “Patrice”, bullying and attacks on her son have been going on since July 29. The 14-year-old’s mother also said that one of the attackers was her son’s classmate at Pyrgos Gymnasium 4, where vandalism and destruction of school property by members of the same group took place last winter.
At the same time, the damage at another secondary school in the city, Pyrgos Gymnasium No. 2, was reported today by the director and teachers of this school when they went to inspect the classrooms just before the start of the school year.
Georgios Komiotis, director of the school, told ERT that at least one room was heavily damaged by persons who entered the premises no matter when or how many times. In addition, anti-teacher slogans were written on the walls, the electrical panel in the room was vandalized, and the room was littered with rubbish.
Mayor of Pyrgos city: The criminal gang has been operating for a long time
“This criminal organization has been operating for a long time,” says the mayor of Pyrgos, Panagiotis Antonakopoulos, adding: “The participants are mostly members of the gypsy community living in the eastern part of the city, where there is a large gypsy quarter. It is likely that the incident reported by the director 2nd high school, is also associated with the activities of this gang, which for us now has signs of a criminal organization.
“The incidents have been going on for at least 8 months and include everything from starting fires and vandalism in the 4th high school to petty thefts in shops and homes, bullying, snatching mobile phones from students, etc. They threaten with knives even small children.During the fire that they set in the 4th high school, they filmed their exploits on video, which was then leaked to social networks.Their age ranges from 15 to 25 years, and some of them are known to the police criminals who have already served time in prison. And not all of them are residents of Pyrgos.”
When asked by journalists why these incidents have been going on for so many months, the mayor believes that the solution of this issue by both the police and the Ministry of Education (given that, according to him, several delinquent Roma children attend city schools) is bureaucratic and process oriented and does not address the root of the problem. “Both the police, and the state, and the judiciary are aware of this phenomenon or are embarrassed by it, and local residents are paying for it.”