Determined not to allow the gathering of far-right organizations at the place where 2 members of the Golden Dawn were murdered 10 years ago, as well as the anti-fascist front’s counter-demonstration that has been announced for this afternoon centered on the Neos Heraklion station, were the forces of EL. LET. who had lined up since morning in the area.
The police set as their first objective that there should be no physical contact between far-right demonstrators and demonstrators from the anti-fascist front. In fact, despite the announcements, there was no far-right gathering in Neo Heraklion. At the same time, as reported by the photojournalists and journalists of “Zooglas” who were on the spot, the police did not allow citizens to move from the station of Nea Ionia to Heraklion and even carried out preventive arrests of young people shortly after the station of Nea Ionia .
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According to other information, however, a few hundred protesters from the anti-authoritarian area had gathered at the “Pefkakia” station with the prospect of moving to Neo Heraklion.
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Around 18:00, citizens gathered in Neo Heraklion unfurled banners and started shouting anti-fascist slogans. People even tried to march from Heraklion to Nea Ionia, however, the police forces stopped them.
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A delegation of organizations together with Kostas Papadakis, lawyer in the Golden Dawn trial, asked the head of the police to hold the gathering normally. The chief replied that the political decision will be implemented and in case the attendees are asked to leave the scene and this is not done, then the police will proceed with arrests.
It is reminded that since last night at the airport El. Venizelos, dozens of Italian far-right activists were arrested who arrived in Athens from Rome to participate in the gathering of their Greek like-minded people in Neo Heraklion, where the two Golden Dawn members were murdered ten years ago. All Italians arrested are deported for reasons of national security.