Greek Police arrest eight right-wing extremists in connection with murder of singer
Greek Police have arrested eight people who are members of or sympathizers with the ultra-right Golden Dawn party, which is currently seated in the Greek Parliament. Yesterday police indicated they were preparing to investigate members of the party in connection with the murder of hip hop singer Pavlos Fisas.
A man who has confessed to committing the murder appeared before the judge in charge of the investigation today. Fisas, a 34-year old who performed under the name Killah P, was famous in Greece for his anti-racist position.
On Tuesday Fisas went out with a group of friends and was assaulted after midnight by about 50 Golden Dawn supporters, one of whom stabbed the singer to death. The Greek media then published a photograph showing the alleged murderer embracing an MP from the neo-Nazi party.
Yesterday Reuters reported that even though the party insists it has nothing to do with the main suspect, police want to investigate at least two of its MPs. Police will verify who they were telephoning with at the time Fisas was murdered.
The Kathimerini daily reported on its website today that police officers in the town of Chalkida have taken three men into custody whom they caught in front of a local Golden Dawn office armed with helmets, shields and sticks. In Thessaloniki they arrested another five people who were carrying Golden Dawn propaganda materials and claiming to be party members; police found firecrackers, a knife, pepper spray, and a truncheon on them as well.
Agence-France Presse reports that the man alleged to have murdered Fisas is a 45-year-old truck driver named Jorgos Rupakias, who was taken to the judge in charge of the investigation for interrogation today. According to police sources, Rupakias has confessed to the murder and has also confirmed he belongs to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.
The party denies any connection whatsoever with the alleged murderer, but numerous photographs show Rupakias participating in its activities. Golden Dawn is behind numerous attacks against immigrants as well as left-wing activists and politicians, but these crimes have remained unpunished and the authorities have been tolerating the party's activities.
A Euronews video report on the issue is available at http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/21/stabbing-suspect-appears-in-court-as-greek-government-investigates-golden-dawn-/
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