Po­lice at Xan­thi churches to deal with beg­gars

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Po­lice guards have been posted in churches across Xan­thi in north­east­ern Greece to deal with beg­gars that “ha­rass” parish­ioners ask­ing for money.

Lo­cal church coun­cils asked for a “dis­creet” po­lice pres­ence after a pro­lif­er­a­tion of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Roma peo­ple from lo­cal ar­eas as well as south­ern Bul­garia.

Mosques in Xan­thi and nearby Rodopi are also faced with the same prob­lem, lo­cal sources told Kathimerini, but have not asked for po­lice pro­tec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports many of the beg­gars are al­legedly bused in by or­ga­nized gangs from Bul­garia.

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