[Marxism] [Trotskyist Fraction] Greece: Anti-nazi activist murdered in the street

Juan Andres Gallardo juanagallardo at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 09:26:25 MDT 2013


Greece: Anti-nazi activist murdered in the street by Golden Dawn

September 18, 2013

By PTS, Argentina

Pavlos Fissas, 34 years old, an anti-fascist activist and well-known local
hip hop musician, was brutally murdered by a supporter of the fascist group
Golden Dawn. In the early morning of September 17, Pavlos met a group of
friends in the working-class neighborhood of Keratsini, when he was
stabbed, during an attack on them by a gang of some 30 fascists. Seriously
injured, Pavlos identified his assailant on the way to the hospital.

This is not an isolated case: last week, militants of the Greek Communist
Party suffered serious injuries on being attacked by a gang from Golden

In addition to the cases of physical violence, Golden Dawn brought a
lawsuit against the veteran Trotskyist militant Savvas Matsas, who had to
appear in court. Thanks to the international solidarity campaign, in which
our organization participated, and the false accusations, Matsas was

After having won 18 seats in Parliament in June, 2012, out of a total of
300, Golden Dawn feels emboldened and is able to act with impunity, in a
country where unemployment has reached 28%, and there are no signs of
economic recovery. On the occasion of the meeting of the international
creditors in Athens on September 18, doctors, teachers and other government
workers called for a strike and mobilization against the reduction in wages
of 25,000 public employees, before their transfer or dismissal, as the
Troika's bailout plan demands.

The brutal murder has generated a wave of protests in ten Greek cities, and
actions were called in Barcelona and Paris. The economic background
continues to be a breeding ground for the emergence and development of
these groups from the extreme right. Only the mobilization of the people in
the streets, building organizations of self-defense can put forward a
progressive solution to the threat that the fascist gangs present.

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