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Greek far-right rally draws response in anti-fascism march

Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 00:49

A rally by hundreds of supporters of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn, one of Europe's most ardent anti-immigrant parties, draws thousands to respond with an anti-fascism march on the same day. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Several hundred supporters of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn, one of Europe's most ardent anti-immigrant parties, held a rally to honour the three Greek officers killed in a helicopter crash 19 years ago over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast. At the gathering, Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Panagiotaros also demanded for their leader's release from prison. The party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos and five other former lawmakers are behind bars, accused of being part of a criminal group that attacks immigrants and leftists, after a party supporter stabbed a prominent left-wing rapper in 2013. Far-right Golden Dawn lost by only 6.3 percent of votes to left-wing Syriza and conservative New Democracy in the recent election. Supporters burnt torches and chanted: "Homeland, honour, Golden Dawn!" In its manifesto, Golden Dawn, among the furthest parties to the right on Europe's political spectrum, argues all illegal immigrants should be rounded up, detained and sent home. In response to the far right rally, several thousand Greeks joined an anti-fascist march in Athens on the same day. Athenians, who had become used to violent anti-austerity protests ending with fierce clashes and tear gas with riot police, were confronted with a different style of policing for the first time in years since last Sunday's polls brought leftist Syriza to power. A cordon of police buses blocked the road adjacent to the Greek parliament to prevent the around 3,000 anti-fascist demonstrators from marching toward the Golden Dawn rally. Unarmed officers stayed behind the buses while the protesters chanted on the other side.

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Greek far-right rally draws response in anti-fascism march

Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 00:49