Greek police clash with anti-fascist demonstrators in Athens

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Clashes have erupted between Greek police and protesters at the end of a demonstration against fascism sparked by the murder of a leftist musician by a suspected neo-Nazi.

On Wednesday, police fired teargas at protesters who gathered near the headquarters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn in Athens on Wednesday, AFP reported.

Around 10,000 left-wing activists staged a peaceful protest rally earlier Wednesday in Athens against the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old left-wing rapper, who was stabbed to death on September 18 by George Roupakias outside a café in Keratsini, western Athens.

Roupakias, a Golden Dawn member, admitted stabbing Fyssas but said he was acting in self-defense.

The musician’s killing has triggered a wave of protests across Greece and prompted strong statements by the country’s political leaders.

Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whose socialist party is part of Greece’s three-way coalition government, said last week that Golden Dawn had “violence as its priority and must be dealt with as a criminal organization.”

Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, also urged Greek authorities to examine banning the party altogether.

“Golden Dawn’s openly xenophobic, neo-Nazi hatred even goes as far as murdering political opponents. This is shocking and intolerable by any standards, and more so in a European Union country,” he said.

Golden Dawn, which won nearly seven percent of the vote in 2012 general elections, has seen its support rising to around 12 percent since then.

 

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