Greek police ban marches by Golden Dawn and anti-fascists

November 29, 2013 19:17


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ATHENS - Greek police have banned marches by far-right Golden Dawn supporters and anti-fascists in Athens on Saturday to prevent clashes among the rival groups.

Tensions have risen since the killing of an anti-fascism rapper by a Golden Dawn member in September and the fatal shootings of two party supporters this month in retaliation, responsibility for which was claimed by a group calling itself the "Militant People's Revolutionary Forces".

The groups would be allowed to hold planned rallies in central Athens but not to march, "for reasons of public safety", police said in a statement on Friday.

The decision came after Golden Dawn called a rally in Syntagma Square in front of parliament on Saturday, in its highest-profile public initiative since a government crackdown led to its leader and two lawmakers ordered detained pending trial on charges of belonging to a criminal group.

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