Greek anti-racism law splits coalition government

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's coalition government is in open disagreement over proposed anti-racism legislation and party leaders will meet later Monday to try to resolve the matter.

The majority conservatives are at odds with their left-wing and centre-left partners over the law, which aims to criminalise incitement to commit acts of racial violence and denial of Nazi war crimes. The bill has already been submitted to parliament for a first reading.

Deputy Interior Minister Haralambos Athanasiou says the government's commitment to combat racism doesn't require new legislation but amendments to existing laws.

International human rights groups have expressed strong support for the proposed Greek reforms, alarmed at a surge in racially-motivated attacks against immigrants and rise of the far right Golden Dawn party.

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