Petrol bombs and tear gas in Athens rally to mark rapper's killing

The streets of Athens blazed on Saturday as protesters marched to honor Leftist rapper slain by a Golden Dawn supporter.

September 17, 2017 12:28
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A protester shouts slogans through a loudspeaker during an anti-fascist rally marking four years sin

A protester shouts slogans through a loudspeaker during an anti-fascist rally marking four years since the fatal stabbing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a supporter of the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party in Athens, Greece, September 16, 2017.. (photo credit: ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS / REUTERS)

Greek police fired tear gas at protesters who hurled petrol bombs in Athens on Saturday during a rally marking four years since the killing of an anti-fascism rapper by an ultra nationalist Golden Dawn supporter.

The killing of Pavlos Fyssas, who performed under the stage name Killah P, sparked protests across Greece and led to an investigation into Golden Dawn for evidence linking it to violent attacks. A trial of party members is ongoing.

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Clashes broke out on Saturday after dozens of hooded demonstrators broke off from a march of about 2,000 people, including activists and migrants, towards the Golden Dawn offices in central Athens.

Protesters shouted "Pavlos is alive! Crush the Nazis!" and held up banners demanding the party's offices be shut down and its members jailed.

Police buses and officers in riot gear blocked the column from reaching the building.

A second rally to mark Fyssas's death anniversary on Sept. 18 has been called for Monday in the working-class neighborhood of Keratsini where he was stabbed to death.

Supporters of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party shout slogans as they wave national and party flags during an annual rally to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Imia dispute, in Athens, Greece January 28, 2017. MICHALIS KARAGIANNIS/ REUTERS

On September 5 the first hearing of the Golden Dawn Party trial took place in Athens. The party is accused of being, in essence, a criminal organization that uses planned violent attacks to gain power and settle scores. So far, 32 incidents of Golden Dawn related violence have been presented to the court. In 2014 the Anti-Defamation League called on the Greek people to reject Golden Dawn politicians and their message of hate. The Golden Dawn party, while radical, has been deemed by some extreme Right-Wing Greeks as not hardcore enough.

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