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Trimikliniotis N. & Demetriou, C. (2012), The interaction between racist discourse and the rise in racial violence: The far right attack against a multicultural Rainbow Festival in 2010 in Cyprus, 2012/08, European University Institute Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

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Type of publication

Academic article

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



European University Institute Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

Right-wing extremists Muslims Migrants

Key findings

The report found that the manner of operation of democratic institutions including public accountability has led to the rise of populist politics and populist politicians, whose power is growing with the deepening of the global economic crisis. At the same time, media depictions of racial crime and the way in which it was dealt with by the police and the prosecution authorities, have cumulatively shifted the terms of the debate in the direction of legitimizing ethno-racial intolerance. Thus, through the under-valuing and trivialization of the breadth of the problem the dominant liberal frame has paradoxically moved towards accepting racism and intolerance as a legitimate point of view which is entitled to space in the public domain. The construction of ‘free speech’ and ‘pluralism’ as a democratic right has resulted in the re-legitimization of ‘schools of thought’ which had been legally, ideologically and morally discredited in the 1970s, such as Nazism, which has re-emerged in new forms and gained momentum.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Desktop research, consultation with stakeholders

Sample details and representativeness


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