Protesters take part in an anti-fascist rally in front of the parliament in Athens yesterday.
ATHENS: Greek police clashed with protesters in Athens late yesterday at the end of a huge march sparked by the murder of an anti-fascist musician, allegedly at the hands of a self-confessed neo-Nazi.
Protesters were seen hurling petrol bombs at anti-riot police, who responded with tear gas a few hundred metres from the headquarters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn.
Some also attacked shops including a bank after police parked trucks in the road to block the protesters' access to the party offices.
Around 10,000 left-wing activists staged a peaceful protest earlier yesterday in Athens against the fatal September 18 stabbing of 34-year-old musician Pavlos Fyssas by unemployed truck driver George Roupakias.
Roupakias, a Golden Dawn member, admitted stabbing Fyssas but said he was acting in self-defence. The killing sparked a wave of sometimes violent protests and prompted an unprecedented crackdown on Golden Dawn after months of inaction by the authorities.
In recent months, Golden Dawn has been accused of instigating beatings of migrants and political opponents, and several of its lawmakers have been implicated in assaults, but police failed to pursue most of the cases.