On a hillside in Athens over 2,000 mourners followed the cortege of 34-year-old-Pavlos Fyssas. The killing of the anti-fascist rapper has led to an outpouring of grief, sparked angry protests and ignited heated political debate on the role of the right wing party Golden Dawn. Shouts of “Fascists” rang out on the hillside.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras addressed the nation on television.
“This government is determined not to allow the descendants of Nazis to poison our lives, to commit crimes, to terrorise, and to undermine the foundations of the country that gave birth to democracy. Democracy is much stronger than its enemies believe,” he said.
In the Greek parliament a one minute silence in tribute to the dead man was proposed but when Golden Dawn deputies said they would respect it, it was agreed to rescind the decision.
Golden Dawn member Ilias Kassidiaris reacted to the move telling his fellow deputies: “I want to condemn this mockery, and everyone who is exploiting the blood of a young man for political gain and in order to wage war against Golden Dawn, as well as to gain votes. This is ridiculous, making a proposal and then rescinding it.”
Tributes have been placed outside the cafe in the Athens suburb where Fyssas was stabbed. A suspect, who it is claimed is a Golden Dawn supporter, is due to appear before a prosecutor on Saturday.