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Greece: Anti-racism rapper stabbed to death in cafe brawl

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Greece: Anti-racism rapper stabbed to death in cafe brawl

<p>Greek police searched the Athens offices of the Golden Dawn party on Wednesday after a 35-year-old anti-racism rapper was stabbed to death by a man who sympathises with the far-right group. </p> <p>A 45-year-old man was arrested and admitted to the killing, police said. Greece’s citizen protection minister the suspect was a Golden Dawn sympathiser.</p> <p>The police said the offices of a political party were being searched for evidence linking it to the attack, but stopped short of naming Golden Dawn. </p> <p>Pavlos Fissas, who went by the stage name Killah P, was stabbed twice in the heart and chest on Tuesday night in a brawl after a soccer match shown in a cafe in Keratsini, a working-class suburb of Athens.</p> <p>The killing immediately touched a nerve in Greece, with government officials, political parties and anti-fascist groups quick to blame Golden Dawn for the attack. </p> <p>The co-ruling <span class="caps">PASOK</span> party wrote to the parliament speaker repeating its call for the party to be banned.</p> “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,” Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Dendias said. <p>Golden Dawn, Greece’s third most popular party, condemned the killing and denied accusations by “wretched sycophants” of any involvement. The attacker was due to appear before a prosecutor later on Wednesday. </p> <p>“(The accusers) are miserable and wretched not only because of their brazen lies and slander but because they are exploiting a tragic event for politicking, to win votes and to divide Greek society,” the party said in a statement.</p> <p>Trade unions, anti-government groups and others have called a rally against the killing from 5 p.m. (1400 <span class="caps">GMT</span>) at a square near where Fissas was stabbed. </p> “The government of (Prime Minister Antonis) Samaras is the instigator by allowing murderous Golden Dawners to roam around unpunished and armed with knives,” said <span class="caps">KEERFA</span>, the United Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat. <p>“It’s time to punish the neo-Nazi murderers of Golden Dawn and to throw the Samaras government – a miserable gang of bankers, the troika (of international lenders) and neo-Nazis -into the trash.” </p> <p>Golden Dawn, with an emblem resembling a swastika, rose from obscurity to win 18 seats in parliament in elections last year on a fiercely anti-immigrant agenda. Its members have been seen giving Nazi-style salutes but it denies the neo-Nazi label.</p> “We were the first to condemn the raw violence that stems from the Golden Dawn area,” the government’s spokesman, Simos Kedikoglou, said in a statement about the attack. “We were the first to call them neo-Nazis. Violence will not tolerated.” <p><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></p>