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Tension rises in Athens with planned demonstrations over killing of anti-racism rapper


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Tension rises in Athens with planned demonstrations over killing of anti-racism rapper

There has been a demonstration alongside the protests to mark the 48-hour strike in Athens. Feelings are running high after the killing of anti-racism rapper Killah P. A man who was arrested admitted to the stabbing in a bar in a suburb of the capital.

The suspect said he is involved with the far-right political group Golden Dawn prompting protests against the party.

Among the demonstraters was Ilias Sioras a communist-backed labour union official who said, “Golden Dawn hits immigrants and now they are starting to hit those who fight for the true rights of the people. This is what they did with Hitler. This is what they do now.”

It’s understood police searched the Athens offices of Golden Dawn. They confirmed they were looking for evidence in the building of a political party but stopped short of naming Golden Dawn.

It is the country’s third most popular party and won 18 seats in last year’s election.

“The abominable murder in Keratsini by an attacker sympathising with Golden Dawn, according to his own statement, illustrates, in the clearest way, the intentions of neo-Nazism,” said Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Dendias.

Golden Dawn condemned the killing and denied accusations by what they called “wretched sycophants” of any involvement. The party has called for a rally of its supporters in a square near the stabbing.

Trade unions have plans to stage a demonstration against the killing in the same area.

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