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Migrants join mass anti-racist demo in Athens

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2446

Thousands join a rally and concert in Athens

Thousands join a rally and concert in Athens (Pic: Workers' Solidarity)

Protests took place across Europe and beyond last Saturday. Anti-fascists in Greece called the day of action to seek solidarity against the Nazi Golden Dawn.

Protesters took to the streets in Germany, Ireland, France and Ferguson in the US, among other places.

Tens of thousands marched in Greece’s capital Athens. They included large numbers of immigrants from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

They marched from Omonoia Square, near where many immigrants live, to Syntagma Square outside parliament.

Students and youth blocs added a sense of dynamism to the march. Trade unions, councils, immigrant organisations and left wing parties all spoke.

The march ended with a concert featuring friends of Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-racist musician murdered by Golden Dawn members in 2013.

Pavlos’ death triggered strikes that forced the government to jail Golden Dawn’s leaders. Their trial for conspiracy is finally set to take place next month.

Anti-fascists also marched in Thessalonica where Nazi occupiers deported and killed thousands of Jews.

There were also marches in Patras, where migrant farm workers protested after being shot at by their bosses, and Chania.

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