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Stabbing suspect appears in court as Greek government investigates Golden Dawn MPs


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Stabbing suspect appears in court as Greek government investigates Golden Dawn MPs

The suspect in the killing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fissas has appeared in court in Athens to be charged with his murder.

The man, who has admitted stabbing the musician, is a self-professed supporter of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party.

The murder has sparked outrage in Greece, and led to demonstrations in several cities. Two are being held in Athens on Saturday. The death has intensified calls for Greece’s third party to be banned.

“Once again, people from the district of Nikaia have gathered here to demonstrate against fascism and the criminal action of neo-Nazis. Not far from here the neo-Nazis want to distribute food just for Greeks. This is a terrible thing. This is pure racism,” said a member of the left-wing Syriza party, Panagiotis Lafazanis.

Fissas’ funeral attracted a large crowd, and even more for a demonstration afterwards. The government is now seeking to investigate Golden Dawn MP’s phone records to see if they were implicated.

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