Greeks take to the street in anti-fascist protests amid crackdown on neo-Nazis

Thousands of Greeks participated in anti-fascist rallies in Athens and other major cities across the country Wednesday.

Rallies in Athens and the second biggest city Thessaloniki overshadowed a 48-hour public sector strike over layoffs demanded by Greece’s international lenders.

More than 10,000 people, some holding banners reading “Never Again Fascism” and singing anti-fascism anthems, marched outside parliament in the central Syntagma Square.

Greeks voiced their rage at the killing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. Police fired tear gas at angered protestors marching towards Golden Dawn headquarters in Athens.

Meanwhile, a Supreme Court prosecutor ordered restrictions to be lifted on the telephone records of Golden Dawn party members and deputies as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Pavlos Fissas.

A former Golden Dawn member reportedly gave evidence on Wednesday regarding the party’s structure and activities; his deposition is considered key in the probe into the hate crimes of Golden Dawn members.

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