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Golden Dawn protests on the streets of Athens over arrest of party's leader

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Golden Dawn protests on the streets of Athens over arrest of party's leader

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Around 1,000 supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn party took to the streets of Athens on Saturday.

The group chanted ‘Greece belongs to the Greeks’ and slogans against Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

They are demanding the release of six MPs, including their leader, who face charges of being part of a criminal organisation. Last week, the government cut off state funding of the group and lifted their immunity pending trial.

Earlier on an anti-fascist demonstration took place which aimed to march on the headquarters of the party dubbed a ‘neo-Nazi criminal gang’ by the government.

Police trucks were positioned to keep the two groups apart, and the day passed without incident.

It was the murder of an anti-fascist rapper last month, allegedly by a member of Golden Dawn which triggered public outrage, putting pressure on the government to take a stand.