ATHENS:Greek police fired teargas at dozens of demonstrators that pelted them with stones and bottles during a protest against the far-right Golden Dawn party in Athens today, a Reuters eye witness said.
Golden Dawn rejects the neo-Nazi label and any involvement in this attack against the security forces, saying the grouphas been the target of a witch-hunt since the government started its attempts to crack down on it and on its alleged influence over the Greek police.
Thousands of Greeks marched towards the party’s headquarters, some 5 km from the city center, and headed to the Parliament in the biggest show of national public anger after the killing of an anti-racism rapper by a Golden Dawn sympathizer last week.
Most of the country’s mainstream parties called for a large turnout in the early evening protests.
The violence began after dozens of hooded demonstrators, some wearing motorcycle helmets, broke off from the initially peaceful march and were blocked by the police from reaching the party’s offices. Police chased small groups of protesters across the streets.