An anti-fascist rally Sept. 25 in Athens to protest the killing of a hip-hop artist by a man police said belonged to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party turned violent when demonstrators threw bottles and rocks at riot police who barred them from the road leading to the headquarters of the extremist party.
That came as the government is investigating whether the police are training and protecting Golden Dawn members and officials and as the defense minister ordered a probe into whether some elements of the military are assisting as well.
Greek Riot police responded with a barrage of tear gas and stun grenades to keep the demonstrators, said to number 10,000 from getting to Golden Dawn’s headquarters and overwhelming it.
It was the biggest show of anger at Golden Dawn since protests a week earlier after the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, 34, for which Giorgos Roupakias, 45, was arrested on charges of stabbing the victim to death after an altercation at a tavern where people were watching a soccer game on TV.
Some demonstrators held banners reading Never Again Fascism and were singing anti-fascism anthems. They also marched outside Parliament in the central Syntagma square, where hip-hop groups held a memorial concert earlier in the day to honor Fyssas.