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A night of riots in Greece

19 September 2013 / 14:09:08  GRReporter
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Serious clashes between police and protesters at the police station in Keratsini followed last night the protest of leftist organizations in connection with the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, aged 34. 130 people were apprehended during the riots, 34 of whom were subsequently arrested. There were riots, arrests and damage during the antifascist demonstrations in Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion and Chania.

The unrest in Keratsini damaged bank offices as well as a nearby pawnshop.

The protest procession set off from the place where the young rap singer had been killed shortly after midnight on Wednesday and reached the police station on Grigoriou Lambraki Street in Keratsini where the clashes took place.  According to police sources, a group of demonstrators had attacked, with stones, wooden sticks and other items, the police forces guarding the area.

The clashes in Patras started when members of leftist organizations tried to approach the headquarters of the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn. The riot forces prevented them from doing so and then the demonstrators started throwing stones and Molotov bombs, and the police used tear gas.

The riots in Thessaloniki started when the procession reached the city centre after it set off from Kamara. The clashes began when independent groups of demonstrators clashed with the police. The demonstrators started breaking parked cars and setting fire to dustbins, and the police used tear gas to disperse them.

There was unrest outside the offices of Golden Dawn in Iraklio as well. The protesters threw stones and set fire to bins, and the police responded with tear gas.

Shortly after the anti-fascist demonstration in Eleftherias Square in Iraklio the demonstrators split into two groups. One went to the central streets of the city and the other to the area of ​​Nea Alikarnassos, where the headquarters of Golden Dawn is located. A number of police units soon arrived in the area and blocked the access to the offices of the party with mini-buses of the gendarmerie. A group of protesters started throwing stones and bottles, set fire to dustbins and even tried to break through the police cordon. The police forces responded with tear gas. While being dispersed, the demonstrators caused damage to cars and shops.

Meanwhile, the Greek Communist Party (KKE) had organized a demonstration on Agiou Nikolaou Square in Alikarnassos and it is expected that new antifascist protests will take place tomorrow.

A large anti-fascist demonstration in connection with the murder of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini took place in Ioannina too. The protesters had gathered in front of the regional government of Epirus building and had passed through all the central streets without giving rise to unrest. The participants in the protest procession chanted slogans with anti-fascist content and against Golden Dawn and its members. Pupils and students took an active part in the demonstration too.

The demonstration in Nafplio

Tags: RiotsPavlos FyssasMurderGolden Dawn
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