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Greek Anti-Fascists Mark Decade Since Golden Dawn Murder

Protests were held in Keratsini in the Piraeus area, Athens’ Attiki neighbourhood, Thessaloniki and other Greek towns on Monday to mark the tenth anniversary of the murder of Greek anti-fascist rap musician Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn member.

Union members, students and political party activists shouted slogans like “Paul lives on, defeat the Nazis” and “Neither in Piraeus nor anywhere else, block the fascists in every neighbourhood”. One person was arrested, Greek media reported.

Pavlos Fyssas, known as Killah P, was murdered at the age of 34 on September 18, 2013 in Keratsini by 45-year-old Giorgos Roupakias, a member of the neo-Nazi criminal organisation Golden Dawn. His killing was attributed to political motives.

According to the Greek police, Fyssas died after being stabbed three times by Roupakias in an attack that had been directed and approved by the Golden Dawn hierarchy.

The murder of Fyssas sparked protests in Greece and abroad and led to a judicial investigation into Golden Dawn’s criminal activity.

In October 2021, eight years after the murder, the Tripartite Court of Criminal Appeals of Athens declared Golden Dawn a criminal organisation and convicted 50 of the 65 defendants of participating in the killing.

The case is now in the appeal process.

Despite the outlawing of Golden Dawn, three far-right parties that competed in parliamentary elections in Greece in June managed to win seats in the legislature.

The far-right party National Party – Greeks of Ilias Kasidiaris, who was sentenced to prison for his leadership role in Golden Dawn, was banned from participating in the June elections.

But a new far-right party, the Spartans, supported in Twitter posts by Kasidiaris, was elected as the fifth party in the Greek parliament.

Kasidiaris is also a candidate to become mayor of Athens in the upcoming local elections in October.

Source : BalkanInsight