Greece Bans Commando Protest March

KEEDFearing violence, the Greek government said it will not allow a protest march on Sept. 28 by Special Forces reservists who had called for the government to fall and be replaced by a unity administration under the protection of the military. That prompted an investigation by authorities although the reservists denied they want a coup.

The police issued a banning order for reasons of “public order and safety” anticipating counter-protests by other groups. Anti-fascists have been protesting on and off for a week since the murder of a hip-hop artist for which a member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, believed to have sympathizers in the police and military, was arrested.

A statement issued by the Association of Special Forces Reservists (KEED) had called for the government to be replaced by a caretaker administration that would suspend any commitments Greece had under its bailout terms with international lenders, also a platform of the Golden Dawn agenda.

The tone of the statement suggested a direct intervention in the democratic process and prompted an emergency meeting of ministry and judicial officials. The reservists said they also wanted politicians tried for making a deal with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) which is putting up $325 billion in two rescue bailouts but has insisted on big pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions in return.