Petrol bombs, tear gas at rally in Athens to mark rappers killing

Protesters holding banner of late Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas in Athens. (AP Photo) Related News

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 ultranationalist Golden Dawn supporter.

The killing of Pavlos Fyssas, who performed under the stage name Killah P, had 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 continuing.

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 are shut down and its members are 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 September 18 has been called for Monday in the working-class neighbourhood of Keratsini where he was stabbed to death.

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