In memory of Kostas Fragoulis. The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma strongly condemns the deadly police violence in Greece.

Kostas Fragoulis, photo: European Roma Rights Centre
Kostas Fragoulis, photo: European Roma Rights Centre

The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma is appalled by the violent death of Kostas Fragoulis as a result of a police operation on 5 December 2022 in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. According to reports, the unarmed 16-year-old young man – a member of the Greek Roma minority – left a petrol station without paying the 20-euro bill and was grievously injured by a shot to the head by a police officer during the pursuit. Yesterday, he succumbed to his severe injuries in hospital. The police officer was suspended and has to answer for attempted manslaughter. A similar incident had already occurred on 23 October 2021, when motorised police officers shot 18-year-old Roma, Nikos Sabanis, during a chase in Athens.

“Our sympathy goes out to the family of Kostas Fragoulis,” said Romani Rose, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. “The Central Council condemns the completely disproportionate actions of the police officer and demands an independent investigation by the Greek government. We welcome the fact that the Greek Minister for Citizen Protection Takis Theodorikakos has expressed his sympathy to the family and promised an investigation into the incident.”

In this context, the Central Council recalls the guidelines of the European Court of Human Rights, which call for particularly careful investigations in cases of possible hate crimes and in cases where state bodies are themselves suspected of the crime. 


Further information available at

European Roma Rights Centre (07.12.2022): Just 16 and shot in the head: Romani boy the latest victim of racial policing (13.12.2022): Greece: Romani youth dies after being shot by police last week, police are on alert nationwide

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