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Greece: murder of anti-fascist prompts protest

The Athens neighbourghood where a rap artist was killed was the scene of protest against Golden Dawn and the government

19 Sep 2013
BY CHRISTOS SYLLAS
Tributes to murdered activist Pavlos Fyssas

Tributes to murdered activist Pavlos Fyssas (pic: Christos Syllas-Dellis)

Thousands of protesters gathered on Wednesday evening in Athens near  the place where Pavlos Fyssas, a 34 year-old antifascist hip hop artist was murdered by a Golden Dawn supporter.

“The blood is running, it seeks revenge”, they shouted, a slogan echoing the December 2008 riots , when 15 year-old student Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by two policemen.

The 45 year-old man who carried out the stabbing has told police that he was a supporter of far-right party Golden Dawn. This was clearly a politically motivated killing, added to a sequence of intimidation events and attacks carried out by Golden Dawn against immigrants and asylum seekers.

On 17 January, Shehzad Luqman, an immigrant worker from Pakistan was lethally stabbed by two men. Police later found pre-election pamphlets of Golden Dawn in the house of one perpetrator.

In December 2012, Amnesty International reported on this issue. In addition, Human Rights Watch has found that there is evidence connecting the attackers on immigrants with members of or affiliated with far-right groups such as Golden Dawn.

No matter how useful these findings may be, they were clearly not at the “agenda” of the rally at Keratsini. Young and old antifascists, together with immigrants, have been increasingly struggling with Golden Dawn vigilantes in the past five years. The murder of Fyssas comes as no surprise. A lot of people somehow anticipated the tragic event.

“The regime, in co-operation with Golden Dawn is clearly escalating the confrontation with political dissidents. This is why we’re here today. And we have to step up the intensity of this political struggle. Everywhere,” said a demonstrator, local resident of Keratsini.

Some 3,000 – 4,000 members of an organised anarchist block was heading towards Golden Dawns’ offices in Nikaia, while at the same time, demonstrators attacked Keratsini’s police station. Almost instantly clashes began: Riot police squads tried to disperse groups of demonstrators with the typical use of excessive force.

In an alley, the head of a police squad was heard shouting  “Come on, let’s go and fuck them up”. Middle-aged people from the neighborhood curesed them, while young antifascists threw Molotov cocktails and stones.

Keratsini district, a working class neighborhood, was established after Greek refugees fled Asia Minor on 1922. The greater area of Piraeus (Nikaia, Perama, Keratsin), known for its anti-Nazi struggle, was historically affiliated with the political left.

This picture though seems to be fading away. According to polling company “Public Issue”, Golden Dawn has doubled its electoral influence on these areas. Moreover, it has worked its way on socially penetrating existing political views.

On June 2012, Egyptian fishermen were attacked in Perama after an inflammatory and racist speech by Golden Dawn MP Yannis Lagos, who said that the party would hold them accountable for their actions. A few days ago, again in Perama, members of the Communist Party (KKE) were brutally attacked by Golden Dawn’s supporters  while putting up posters for an upcoming festival.

Last nights’ clashes have led to a total of 130 detentions and 34 arrests while tweeters were reporting a demonstrator had been heavily injured by a direct teargas shot. Questions about the way police responded at the place of the assassination remain unanswered. Witnesses on TV broadcasts this morning said that police were reluctant to involve at the fight before the stabbing.

There were protests against the murder throughout the country. Latest reports suggest that there have been discussions on emergency legislation to ban Golden Dawn’s acts.

This article was originally published on 19 Sept 2013 at indexoncensorship.org


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3 responses to “Greece: murder of anti-fascist prompts protest”

  1. OCTOBER 18, DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF KLEPTOCRATIC REGIMES

    EU practices double standards in civil rights. It’s freakish for EU to interfere in the civil rights of foreigners, but condone the abuse of my civil rights, a citizen of EU! EU should get its own house in order and quit lecturing others.

    It’s been now almost three years since the freakish Greek government stole my life, my computer, and my files. Nobody cares, nobody gives a damn! I have done absolutely nothing, and I am being persecuted by the Greek government without any reason. This is against all rules of civil society and treaties that Greece has signed.

    On October 18, 2010, a gang of six brutal policemen of the violent Greek Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) broke into my home in Athens and stole my computer, software, files, documents, and personal data.

    The policechimps locked me in jail for a night, they humiliated me with handcuffs, fingerprints, mug shots, and lies, leaked false information to the media parrots, and the fucking Greek government initiated sham ex-officio court proceedings for a stack of stupid fictitious freakish charges!

    There was neither pillow nor toilet facility in my jail cell. I had to urinate in a bottle! I, a 68 years old with high blood pressure, was not allowed to keep my hypertension pills with me. There was neither toilet paper nor soap in the whole CCU jail.

    GREECE, A FAILED STATE, THE BLACK SHEEP OF FOURTH REICH, THE PARIAH OF OCCIDENT, ENEMY OF BLOGOSPHERE

    Ex-officio law suit, autepageltos αυτεπαγγελτος, the most dreadful word in justice, means the state sues somebody without involvement of the accuser. This terrible scheme has been used by the freakish Greek government to persecute me. Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, sued me, and she wouldn’t show up in court, because the state took over her position!

    At the ex-officio law suit, the accuser just hits and runs! This hit-and-run justice is the most disgusting kangaroo justice on Earth. In all civilized nations, the accused is in a position to face his accuser eyeball to eyeball, but not in Greece, a failed state. The fucking accuser slings false accusations against you, the freakish state takes over, the accuser disappears from the kangaroo court, and the trial is postponed infinite times!
    [email protected], http://venitism.blogspot.com

  2. Tragicomedies are part of the Greek culture. Now, many Greeks feel they have only two choices in politics: Graecokleptocrats or Golden Dawn! Golden Dawn, the chauvinist party of Greece, has created a new political horizon.

    Many Greeks consider Golden Dawn the golden fulcrum to fight Graecokleptocracy and socialism, which are out of control. Greece was brought to its knees by the kleptocratic parties of Pasok and Nea Democratia (ND) that ruptured the fabric of the Greek society and paved the way for Syriza and Golden Dawn.

    Chauvinist Golden Dawn has a new-found sense of triumph. Riding a wave of public anger at corrupt politicians, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity double in a few months. Political analysts see no immediate halt to its rise. Golden Dawn has twenty percent of popular support. As long as the political system doesn’t change and doesn’t put an end to political corruption, this phenomenon will not be stemmed.

    Violent behavior by Golden Dawn members seems to boost rather than hurt the party’s standing. As political corruption is at full speed and the government robs an enraged public, the collapse of the coalition of Nea Democratia and Pasok mafias remains on the political horizon. There is a possibility that Golden Dawn could become the main opposition in a snap election and Syriza the ruling party. Golden Dawn is the only institution in Greece that works. Everything else has stopped working or is partially working. Golden Dawn operates like a well-organized army unit, and the military is the best institution in any country.

    Conditions in Greece are similar to those of Weimar Germany. It an atmosphere like in the 1930s in Germany against the Jews and their businesses. Golden Dawn leader Michaloliakos warns: When we are strong, we will show no mercy. It won’t be democratic anymore.

    Pakistan exports its criminals to Occident. Pakistan cannot feed its prisoners, and so it exiles them! Most of them head for EU, ending up in Greece, unable to reach UK and Germany. Now, Pakistani criminals burglarize myriad Greek homes and raise hell to Greek society. My own home was burglarized three times by Pakistani! Since Greek police is not effective, Golden Dawn storm-troopers have taken to roaming the streets on foot or on motorcycles, attacking criminal Pakistani. That’s why the Golden Dawn party is becoming very popular.

    Media coverage of Golden Dawn’s activities has focused on the Nazi anthem played at food distribution events the party holds or the swatstika tattooed arm of the party spokesperson MP Ilias Kasidiaris.

    There is a common ideological reservoir whereby chauvinist ND MPs and proponents of Nazi extremism express their political views and plan their political actions. For them national identity comes first. There is no room for individual rights. Nobody is entitled to any other belief than the nation and the Greek race.

    Golden Dawn entered the Greek Parliament in 2012 with an unprecedented 6.92% of the vote. The party’s poll ratings have reached 20% in recent days. During this time, there has been a strong legitimization of their rhetoric, mainly emanating from the chauvinist political spectrum.

    Many chauvinists that survived politically throughout the years, today surround premier Samaras as associates, advisors, or Nea Democratia members. ND MP Makis Voridis, recently appointed as special representative on migration to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, has been defending Savvas Hatziparaskeyas, publisher of the chauvinist newspaper Stohos and a strong supporter of Golden Dawn.

    In the1980s, chauvinist Voridis served as secretary of EPEN’s youth wing, succeeding Nikos Michaloliakos, who is Golden Dawn’s general secretary. EPEN was a chauvinist party founded by George Papadopoulos, premier of the revolutionary government, which ruled Greece from 1967-1974, performing an economic miracle.

    Nea Democratia will cooperate with Golden Dawn at some point. Everything is possible. Failos Kranidiotis, an advisor to Samaras, asserts Nea Democratia should appeal to populist Independent Greeks as well as to Golden Dawn. Panayotis Baltakos, the government’s general secretary, says that cooperation between New Democratia and Golden Dawn in upcoming elections is not an unlikely possibility. Leading ND MP Byron Polydoras asserts Nea Democratia and Golden Dawn should cooperate.

    Golden Dawn has also fostered relationships with orthodox religious groups and chauvinist bishops. At the same time, the party has targeted performers and events it does not agree with.

    When Corpus Christi went on stage, the actors and other workers at the Hitirion Theater had to take precautions to protect themselves from threats against their lives and violent attacks by freakish Orthodox groups and Golden Dawn.

    Religulous idiots, such as chauvinist Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta and chauvinist Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, have openly expressed their support of Golden Dawn. Both of them have often spoken out against Jews and homosexuals. Amvrosios says: We have to rise up, because we have been sold out a long ago. We are Jewish occupied, and Islam does not play around.

    The Muslim Association of Greece received a threatening note with the emblem of Golden Dawn printed on it. All Muslims, Greeks and foreigners, were given one month’s time to leave the country otherwise they would be slaughtered like chickens!

    Tragicomedies are part of Greek culture. Now, many Greeks feel they have only two choices in politics: Graecokleptocrats or Golden Dawn! Golden Dawn, the chauvinist party of Greece, has created a new political horizon.

    Many Greeks consider Golden Dawn the golden fulcrum to fight Graecokleptocracy and socialism, which are out of control. Greece was brought to its knees by the kleptocratic parties of Pasok and Nea Democratia (ND) that ruptured the fabric of the Greek society and paved the way for Syriza and Golden Dawn.

    Chauvinist Golden Dawn has a new-found sense of triumph. Riding a wave of public anger at corrupt politicians, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity double in a few months. Political analysts see no immediate halt to its rise. Golden Dawn has twenty percent of popular support. As long as the political system doesn’t change and doesn’t put an end to political corruption, this phenomenon will not be stemmed.

    Violent behavior by Golden Dawn members seems to boost rather than hurt the party’s standing. As political corruption is at full speed and the government robs an enraged public, the collapse of the coalition of Nea Democratia and Pasok mafias remains on the political horizon. There is a possibility that Golden Dawn could become the main opposition in a snap election and Syriza the ruling party. Golden Dawn is the only institution in Greece that works. Everything else has stopped working or is partially working. Golden Dawn operates like a well-organized army unit, and the military is the best institution in any country.

    Conditions in Greece are similar to those of Weimar Germany. It an atmosphere like in the 1930s in Germany against the Jews and their businesses. Golden Dawn leader Michaloliakos warns: When we are strong, we will show no mercy. It won’t be democratic anymore.

    Pakistan exports its criminals to Occident. Pakistan cannot feed its prisoners, and so it exiles them! Most of them head for EU, ending up in Greece, unable to reach UK and Germany. Now, Pakistani criminals burglarize myriad Greek homes and raise hell to Greek society. My own home was burglarized three times by Pakistani! Since Greek police is not effective, Golden Dawn storm-troopers have taken to roaming the streets on foot or on motorcycles, attacking criminal Pakistani. That’s why the Golden Dawn party is becoming very popular.

    Media coverage of Golden Dawn’s activities has focused on the Nazi anthem played at food distribution events the party holds or the swatstika tattooed arm of the party spokesperson MP Ilias Kasidiaris.

    There is a common ideological reservoir whereby chauvinist ND MPs and proponents of Nazi extremism express their political views and plan their political actions. For them national identity comes first. There is no room for individual rights. Nobody is entitled to any other belief than the nation and the Greek race.

    Golden Dawn entered the Greek Parliament in 2012 with an unprecedented 6.92% of the vote. The party’s poll ratings have reached 20% in recent days. During this time, there has been a strong legitimization of their rhetoric, mainly emanating from the chauvinist political spectrum.

    Many chauvinists that survived politically throughout the years, today surround premier Samaras as associates, advisors, or Nea Democratia members. ND MP Makis Voridis, recently appointed as special representative on migration to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, has been defending Savvas Hatziparaskeyas, publisher of the chauvinist newspaper Stohos and a strong supporter of Golden Dawn.

    In the1980s, chauvinist Voridis served as secretary of EPEN’s youth wing, succeeding Nikos Michaloliakos, who is Golden Dawn’s general secretary. EPEN was a chauvinist party founded by George Papadopoulos, premier of the revolutionary government, which ruled Greece from 1967-1974, performing an economic miracle.

    Nea Democratia will cooperate with Golden Dawn at some point. Everything is possible. Failos Kranidiotis, an advisor to Samaras, asserts Nea Democratia should appeal to populist Independent Greeks as well as to Golden Dawn. Panayotis Baltakos, the government’s general secretary, says that cooperation between New Democratia and Golden Dawn in upcoming elections is not an unlikely possibility. Leading ND MP Byron Polydoras asserts Nea Democratia and Golden Dawn should cooperate.

    Golden Dawn has also fostered relationships with orthodox religious groups and chauvinist bishops. At the same time, the party has targeted performers and events it does not agree with.

    When Corpus Christi went on stage, the actors and other workers at the Hitirion Theater had to take precautions to protect themselves from threats against their lives and violent attacks by freakish Orthodox groups and Golden Dawn.

    Religulous idiots, such as chauvinist Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta and chauvinist Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, have openly expressed their support of Golden Dawn. Both of them have often spoken out against Jews and homosexuals. Amvrosios says: We have to rise up, because we have been sold out a long ago. We are Jewish occupied, and Islam does not play around.

    The Muslim Association of Greece received a threatening note with the emblem of Golden Dawn printed on it. All Muslims, Greeks and foreigners, were given one month’s time to leave the country otherwise they would be slaughtered like chickens!

    There can be no growth without abolishing huge regulation, huge taxation, and huge political corruption. Basil Venitis, [email protected], http://venitism.blogspot.com

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