Greece is shaken with the murder of a leftist unionist and rapper by a man with links to the extreme right. Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed right to the heart on a street of Amfiali area of Keratsini suburb of Piraeus on Tuesday night. He was rushed to the hospital but died shortly after arriving. The murder, a 45-year-old man, was captured by the police short after the incident. According to Greek media, the assailant has links to extreme right.
On Wednesday morning, Greek media reported that the assailant has admitted the murder to police and also that he was a member of Golden Dawn.
According to latest reports Greek police raided two offices of Golden Dawn in Athens.
Earlier today, Golden Dawn dismissed media claims that the party had anything to do with the murder.
the incident happened short after midnight. Eye witnesses and the father of the victim claim that Petros Fyssas had left a cafeteria where he was watching the match Olympiakos vs Paris St Germain Champions League.
“While he was watching the match, he said something about Golden Dawn. They were informed. When he came out a car approached, somebody got out and stabbed my son,” Fyssas’ father told reporters. There are also claims that a group of some 15 people had set an ambush near the cafeteria.
Eye witnesses claim also that the ambulance arrived 30 minutes later.
Petros Fyssas was in the company of his girl friend when he got attacked.
The 45-year-old suspected attacker was arrested by a policewoman near the scene of the stabbing shortly after.
Some reports claim that the incident occurred in front of motorcycled police units DIAS who had rushed to the area as there was tension. But it looks the attacker was quicker than the police.
According to unconfirmed information, police seized the mobile phone of the assailant in order to find out if he was informed by some cafeteria visitor.
Who was Pavlos Fyssas?
Pavlos Fyssas had been part of the Greek hip-hop scene since 1997 and performed under the name Killah P. He was a member of metal workers’ union and of left, anti-capitalist party Antarsya.
ANTARSYA and the Communist Party condemned the incident, blaming Golden Dawn for the victim’s death and claiming that Fyssas was targeted because of his anti-fascists activity.
Petros Constantinou, a spokesman for ANTARSYA, alleged that there had been no quarreling prior to the incident, but that a group of antifascists were attacked by about 40 members of Golden Dawn outside the cafe. He also claimed on Skai radio that the attack occurred in the presence of Dias police units.
Responding to the allegations, Golden Dawn MP IliasKasidiaris denied his party’s involvement in the incident and said that the party would respond with lawsuits. (ekathimerini)
The incident has shaken the Greek public opinion and the political world as it looks like a “politically motivated murder”.
Latest information from downtown Athens say that even anti-terror units have moved to the city’s centre and that the cafes at Zappeion have been closed.
“There is fear that some urgly incidents may break out,” a friend told me.
Wednesday marks the start of a 48-hour strike launched by public sector union ADEDY to protest the mobility scheme of civil servants.
As the developments are rapid, check for updates.