A group of patriotic persons has reportedly attacked members of the Communist Party in Thessaloniki, injuring at least three of the reds.
This comes after National Socialist groups also allegedly carried out a series of attacks in Thessaloniki last week, targeting anti-fascist rallies, MSM journalists, and police officers, EURACTIV.gr reports.
On Sunday, the patriotic activists used thick chains and tasers. Among the three injured, two were given first aid and returned home, while a 22-year-old was transported by ambulance to a public hospital.
On Tuesday, the events started outside a school building when a hooded Nationalists attacked the reds with iron bars, bats, and stones. Videos, published in Greek media, and seen by AFP reporters, show young Greek persons making National Socialist salutes. According to some of the reds’ reports, police outside the school “did not intervene”.
Clashes continued on Wednesday when the National Socialist groups within the school targeted a Communist Party Youth (KNE) demonstration. This time the riot police intervened with tear gas. Six people were arrested, and 40 others were detained.
Golden Dawn’s Youth Front – of which many key members were convicted of “running a criminal organisation” and sent to prison by the Greek court last year – issued a statement following Tuesday’s attack. They congratulated the perpetrators for their dynamic reaction against the provocations and the attempts to appropriate their mobilisations for nation-hostile purposes.
Schoolteachers reported that “Golden Dawn members from all Thessaloniki neighbourhoods have gathered outside the school after this publication.” They attacked antifascist journalists outside the school.
A new attack was also reported on Friday as 150 National Socialists set up barricades outside the school, and threw firecrackers and stones against MSM journalists, reportedly while the police were present. Then, they rallied across the neighbourhood.
The Greek education ministry has called for a prosecutor’s probe into the incidents. However, alternate Education Minister Angelos Syrigos stated that “those who attacked the fascists also exercised violence” and that “the most important thing is to condemn violence wherever it is coming from.”
Opposition party Syriza and other smaller left parties criticised the statement, alleging that “fascist groups could not be equated with anti-fascist youth organisations”.
It appears that the patriotic activism in Greece did not disappear with last year’s Golden Dawn conviction. Golden Dawn has even started to feature in the polls again, scoring more than 1.5%.