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Stevie J production discography. Animal rights activists filmed the moment they claim they were brutally attacked by donkey owners in Santorini for protesting the mistreatment of the animals. Members of the Athens branch of Direct Action Everywhere had gathered on the Greek holiday island for a peaceful protest last week. But the campaigners claim they hadn't even started their demonstration when a group of strong donkey owners viciously kicked, punched, shoved and spat on them. A shocking video of the incident shows a heavyset Greek man chasing the protesters down narrow cobbled steps in the island's capital Fira.
Animal rights activists filmed the moment they claim they were brutally attacked by donkey owners in Santorini. The man is seen grabbing their placards and hurling them to the ground before shoving and yelling at the activists.
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As the situation continued to escalate, the protesters claim they were unable to continue filming as they feared for their lives when the men continued to threaten and attack them. Some of their banners — including one that showed a picture of an over-worked donkey and the words 'I need your voice — were seen burned on the cobbled steps.
Maria Skourta, 42, the leader of the Athens branch of the campaign group, said: At first, they weren't violent but were just making fun of us.
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The campaigners claim they hadn't even started their demonstration when a group of strong donkey owners viciously kicked, punched, shoved and spat on them. The activists were protesting the mistreatment of donkeys, which are made to carry tourists up the steep hills of Santorini.
One of the victims said a man had tried to throw her over a cliff until one of her fellow activists came to her rescue. I even heard the hair coming out of my head and then threw me to the ground and started kicking me. I quickly put it into my pocket. Horrifying, she said that one of her attackers had tried to throw her over a cliff until one of her fellow activists came to her rescue. She said 'They threw my bag over the cliff and then lifted me up, ready to throw me too — luckily one of the group came to save me.
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Members of the Athens branch of campaign group Direct Action Everywhere protest the vile treatment of Donkeys in Santorini. Elisavet Chatzi, 45, from Athens, said the group of men even attacked her year-old daughter. The plight of donkeys in Santorini was brought to light last week when an investigation revealed the animals were being crippled by overweight tourists.
She added that a disabled activist was hit so hard that she dislocated her shoulder that may require surgery.
A spokesman for the Fira Police Department in Santorini said they were investigating the incident, but said the activists were only lightly injured. Donkeys have traditionally been used to transport people over the areas which vehicles cannot access, such as in the capital. One of the group's banners showed a picture of an over-worked donkey and the words 'I need your voice'. Between the peak tourism months of May to October, up to five cruise ships a day bringing swarms of 1, tourists to the tiny island, which is known for its hilly terrain.
But animal rights campaigners claim with obesity on the rise, donkeys are being forced to carry ever-heavier loads up the steep cliffs of the idyllic island. Forced to carry tourists for seven days a week without shelter, rest and water is leaving them with spinal injuries and open wounds from ill-fitting saddles. The activists shared pictures showing the injuries they had been left with after the incident.
The activists said the donkey owners burned their banners on the cobbled steps in Santorini. Charities also claim the rise of overweight tourists also means locals keen to get the most out of their animals are crossbreeding donkeys with horses to create mules, which are bigger and taller and can carry heavier loads. The protests and adverse publicity led to authorities in Santorini deciding to offer protection for the donkeys who carry tourists up a steep cliff, after facing.
The town hall issued a statement Saturday saying a meeting had been held with animal rights groups and animal owners to ensure 'respect for the rights and well-being of donkeys'. After a video of an owner beating a donkey aired on social networks, four campaigning groups held a protest on Friday which ended in scuffles. Members of the Athens branch of Direct Action Everywhere pose for a picture on the holiday island before the incident.
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The town hall said all parties had accepted a series of measures including keeping the animals in the shade during rest periods and ensuring plenty of water and food. The load and hours of the donkeys would also be limited while owners who mistreat their animals would be banned. The statement said the rights activists 'declared themselves satisfied with these measures, as long they are followed'.