NEWS

Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist

Police raid offices of far-right party after fatal stabbing of musician and anti-fascist activist Pavlos Fyssas

Helena Smith in Athens
theguardian.com, Wednesday 18 September 2013

A resident of Keratsini, Piraeus, Greece, lays flowers where Pavlos Fyssas was murdered

A resident of the Keratsini district of Piraeus, Greece, lays flowers where hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, or Killah P, was murdered. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

The alleged murder of a prominent leftwing hip-hop artist by a self-confessed member of the far-right Golden Dawn party has sent political tensions soaring in Greece.

As the crisis-hit country was brought to a standstill by striking workers on Wednesday, police raided several Golden Dawn offices in Athens after the fatal stabbing late on Tuesday of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, a well-known activist on Greece’s vibrant anti-fascist scene.

The raids came within hours of a 45-year-old man being arrested in connection with the murder. The alleged perpetrator, who has not been named, reportedly admitted having links to the extremist group, according to police.

Fyssas, Greece’s foremost hip-hop artist who performed under the stage name Killah P, is said to have identified the culprit as he was being taken to hospital after being injured in the brawl which broke out shortly after midnight in Piraeus’s working-class district of Keratsini.

“They were his last words before he succumbed to his wounds,” said one source requesting anonymity.

Keratsini’s mayor, Loukas Tzannis, said that black-clad Golden Dawn cadres were behind the attack and that Fyssas had been “ambushed” as he left a cafe after a heated altercation over a football match. Activists, who have accused the extremist group of increasingly targeting leftists, claimed police stood by when a mob of neo-Nazi thugs assaulted the singer…

(Read the full story on the Guardian’s website: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/18/greece-murder-golden-dawn)

 

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