Five injured after attack on Greek anti-fascist center
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Five injured after attack on Greek anti-fascist center

Favela Free Social Center in Athens blames neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party for assault that left two hospitalized

Illustrative: Supporters of the Greek ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
Illustrative: Supporters of the Greek ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

ATHENS, Greece — Five people were injured on Sunday after a group of eight people attacked an anti-fascist center in the Greek port of Piraeus, police said.

The attackers, suspected of being members of the far-right, stormed the Favela Free Social Center in the port city near Athens, holding torches and iron bars.

Two people were taken to hospital.

“Today in the afternoon while we opened our center for our weekly meeting, we were attacked by a group of Golden Dawn members with iron bars, helmets and flares,” a post on the Facebook page of the Favela Free Social Center read, referring to Greece’s far-right, neo-Nazi party.

Among those wounded by the attackers was a woman that had a connection with Pavlos Fyssas, the anti-fascist rapper killed by Golden Dawn members in September 2013, according to police sources.

A total of 70 Golden Dawn lawmakers and party officials are on trial on a wide range of charges, including membership of a criminal organization linked to the fatal stabbing of Fyssas and several other charges.

The neo-Nazi party remains the fourth largest in the Greek parliament.

The Favela center was also attacked last August, and four people were arrested by the counter-terrorism unit, according to the Athens News Agency.

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