A British travel blogger claims she was arrested for “breaching sexual decency” while visiting the Acropolis and said the “false accusation” was because of her race.
Adebola Sowemimo visited the ancient Greek tourist site in Athens on Thursday, when she was arrested for “sexual indecency” after a guard said she was flashing other tourists.
The British blogger has taken to her social media pages saying it was “racist” and added that the accusations are completely false.
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“I’ve just been arrested by Greek Police based on a false accusation,” Adebola wrote on Twitter, adding that Greek police were keeping her in custody.
“I went to the Acropolis in Athens today and I was pushed out of the museum because I was apparently wearing inappropriate clothing.”
According to Adebola, a guard approached her and began “screaming” at her 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 tweeted.
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On the 1st August 2019, I was falsely accused for a 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 by a guard at the Parthenon Acropolis site. In his statement he said that I lifted my dress and flashed my geneitals twice to young children and adults that where sightseeing. This was complete fabrication, he also said that this was recorded on their surveillance camera at the site. This was never shown to me or the police when he gave his false statement. I spent the next 24 hours in police custody and was eventually taken to court to explain the truth. The judges could clearly see I was innocent and I was acquitted immediately. I am now being trolled on social media for speaking the truth. I understand people are entitled to their opinions as I am also, and I will continue to say that this was racism at its finest because other people where dressed similar if not in lighter outfits and I was targeted. I was not asked to leave I was screamed at in Greek and bunded into a room and was not told what I had done in English. I was lucky that my bf was able to translate to me what was being said. Please understand that this had nothing to do with what I was wearing, I don't think it is a crime not to wear a bra. I was arrested because I was falsely accused of something I didn't do. I would like to thank those that have supported me in such a traumatic incident. I can't express to you how terrified I was for something I would never do. Please let the truth be told. #TravellingWhileBlack
“The guard lied and said they had video evidence that I was showing my genitals. This is a lie. I would never do such a thing.
She added, “I am supposed to be transported to court tomorrow for my hearing for absolutely nothing.”
“I have no idea why I have been falsely accused of something I haven’t done.
“I have been ridiculed by the police. Provoked by the Greek police and absolutely traumatised by the situation.”
On her Instagram page, Adebola went on to say, “Please understand that this had nothing to do with what I was wearing, I don’t think it is a crime not to wear a bra. I was arrested because I was falsely accused of something I didn’t do.”