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Far-right Golden Dawn party protests in Athens

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Around 1,000 supporters of the Greek far-right Golden Dawn party gathered outside parliament in Athens on Saturday.

The smaller than expected crowd was protesting against the pre-trial detention of their leader Nikos Mihaloliakos.

Thirteen of the party’s eighteen MPs are in detention, face charges or have had their parliamentary immunity stripped of them as the government cracks down on the group they suspect of involvement in paramilitary-style attacks.

A counter-demonstration of leftist activists passed off peacefully as riot police prevented the two rival groups from clashing.

Golden Dawn is struggling for survival after losing a third of its support after anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fysass was allegedly killed by a man who pledged allegiance to the far-right party.