British travel blogger accuses Greek police of practicing 'racism' for kicking her out of museum over 'inappropriate clothing'
The London-based woman said she was detained by Greek authorities who kicked her out of a museum and made a false testament alleging that she lifted her skirt and flashed her body
ATHENS: London-based travel blogger Adebola Sowemimo called out a case of "racism at its finest" when she was arrested at the Acropolis in Athens. The British woman said she was detained by Greek authorities who kicked her out of a museum for wearing "inappropriate clothing".
She said that the officers screamed at her and arrested her. Adebola, who hails from Swindon, also claimed that the authorities made a false testament against her alleging that she lifted her skirt and flashed her body.
A tweet she posted on Twitter read: "I've just been arrested by Greek Police based on a false accusation. The Greek police are keeping me in custody. This is racism at its finest. I went to the Acropolis in Athens today and I was pushed out of the museum because I was apparently wearing inappropriate clothing."
"I was screamed at and pushed out of the building while being screamed at in Greek. Police were called and a false testament was made against me that I was lifting my skirt and flashing my body to the public. This is a LIE," she also posted in a series of tweets. "I have now been arrested with no translator. I was lucky my bf was with me to translate what was going on. I am supposed to be transported to court tomorrow for my hearing for absolutely nothing," she wrote, adding, "I have been ridiculed by the police. Provoked by the Greek police and absolutely traumatised by the situation."
Her tweet triggered much uproar on the microblogging site and soon she was flooded with several tweets. "I live in Greece and it's 2019! I see every day thousands of tourists entering the Acropolis with sleeveless shirts and tiny shorts without issues. Stop the inadequate dress code fairy tale! This only applies to Churches and Monasteries! Greek Authorities not at their best!" one user wrote, and another tweeted: "The issue now it's not only the racism that she experienced it's also that in 2019 people in European countries still believe that there was something wrong with her outfit, this is sad. She was falsely accused of breach of sexual decency this was proven to be a lie in court."
In response to the support, she later wrote in a tweet that she had been "really uplifted" by the support she received online, adding: "Anyways good news the case was acquitted!!! I am free!!!" with the hashtag #travellingwhileblack.