Protests over murder of anti-fascists rapper escalate to violence

The wife of Golden Dawn supporter Giorgos Roupakias who confessed to murdering hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in Amfiali on Tuesday night has been arrested by the police on charges of perjury. The police also arrested another woman for similar charges and the head of the local Golden Dawn chapter for weapons charges.

His wife, who is also the treasurer at the local Golden Dawn chapter, and the other arrested woman lied to the police during the investigation in Roupakias’ home about a number of Golden Dawn-related items that she attempted to conceal and dispose.

Protest in Keratsini escalates to violence

Riot police forces and angered protesters clashed for hours during a protest in Keratsini last night, which resulted in about 130 people detained and 34 arrested. Thousands of protesters congregated at 6pm in the area where Fyssas was stabbed to death by Roupakias.

ANEL leader Panos Kammenos tried to attend the protest, but was attacked by the crowd and was chased away. Mr. Kammenos stated that he wanted to “pay his dues to a young man murdered by the Nazis” and blamed provocateurs for the attack.

The first clashes between protesters and police began at around 7.15pm, which quickly escalated as riot police tried to subdue the crowds with teargas. The protesters set up roadblocks and attempted to reach the local Golden Dawn offices.

Tension in Thessaloniki, Chania and Patra

The protests in Thessaloniki, Chania and Patra also turned to violence. The protesters in Chania clashed with riot police outside the local Golden Dawn offices, before heading to the main city square.

In Patra the police arrested a 38-year-old Italian man because he was aiming a gun at protesters outside Golden Dawn’s offices, where angry protesters were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. The 38-year-old was chased by the crowd and later claimed he drew the gun to protect himself.

In Thessaloniki the protesters were not allowed by the police to approach Golden Dawn’s offices and headed towards the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace. During the skirmishes that followed 36 protesters were detained.

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