Anti-fascist musician, Pavlos Fyssas, was stabbed by Georgios Roupakias, member of the neo-nazi party Golden Dawn, at that time. The incident forced the neoliberal government to prosecute Golden Dawn members, while until then, Golden Dawn was doing the "dirty job" hunting migrants under police tolerance.
The assassination triggered a dangerous situation in Greece, creating an explosive climate between the far-Right supporters and the Leftist anti-fascists.
The incident gave also the opportunity to the systemic establishment to regain control of the neo-nazi party whose power was increasing dangerously and was about to get out of the system's control:
“Within less than a month, all settled as they wanted. They knew Golden Dawn, they expected such a murder. As long as GD was murdering immigrants and doing the "dirty work", was quite useful. Just after this political assassination of a Greek citizen, the "local representatives" found the excuse to cut the unacceptably high rates of GD and restore them to a more "manageable" level of about 7%. Small enough to be able to control GD and big enough to be a threat against "democratic stability" to spread the fear again if necessary and a factor of breaking the anti-Memorandum electoral tank, which contains various ideological colors. It was not very difficult, as they control banks, media, poll companies, the government itself.”
After the assassination, Golden Dawn was put under investigation and soon was characterized as "criminal organization" according to various findings connected to its action. Its leadership and top executives were arrested (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/09/golden-dawn-leader-has-been-arrested.html), while its power reduced to previous levels. A latest poll has shown that Golden Dawn retained its percentage at 6.5%. (http://www.tvxs.gr/news/ellada/dimoskopisi-safes-probadisma-syriza-kai-proores-ekloges)
Various antifascist groups and movements have organized a demonstration in Keratsini today, where hip hop artist and activist Pavlos Fyssas was murdered. The demonstration is scheduled for 6pm, with the groups reporting that they will rename street where the murder occured from Panagi Tsaldari to Antifascist Pavlos Fyssas Street.
On Friday, 19th of September, friends of Pavlos Fyssas and members of various antifascist initiatives have organized a concert, which will take place at 5pm on Syntagma Square.
An antifascist meeting will take place at the Selepitsari Park in Keratsini on Sunday, followed by a concert on the grounds of the nearby high school. Many more groups and collectives from all over Greece have also announced similar political, cultural events and actions.
As it happened one year ago: