Muslim prison inmates attacked Christian prisoners in the Komotini prison, in northeastern Greece, for drinking alcohol on Easter Sunday.
The prison staff had given beer to those prisoners who wanted it as an Easter gesture at noon on the holy day. Those inmates who didn’t want to drink alcohol received soft drinks. But inmates who are originally from Afghanistan and Pakistan were offended by the sight of alcohol being consumed. They first began insulting the Christian prisoners who were drinking, and then physically assaulted them, according to a report by Greek City Times.
Fortunately, the prison staff intervened immediately, which prevented the situation from becoming even worse. But as it was six prisoners were injured, one seriously enough to be taken to a hospital.
The Greek City Times indicated that some of the Muslims involved in the incident are known to have ties to Islamic extremist groups.
The Komotini prison has been reported to house many prisoners involved in illicit trading, and unannounced searches in its cells have often turned up marijuana, alcohol, and even mobile phones.
Prisons across Europe contain a disproportionately high number of Muslim inmates. In Denmark, where more than half of all prison inmates are Muslim, non-Muslim prisoners are pressured to convert to Islam, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.