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Racists injure two in central Athens attack

A student was stabbed and another savagely beaten in central Athens on Saturday after trying to protect Asian immigrants from a group of suspected neo-Nazis. The attack, by suspected members of the Chryssi Avgi neo-Nazi party, drew protests from left-wing parties. Student Paris Chryssos, 20, his friend Chryssanthi Tsimbidou, 30, and another three girls who had been attending commemorations for the 1973 Polytechnic student revolt were set upon on the corner of Solomou and Tritis Septemvriou streets, when they tried to stop some 20 youths who were harassing a few Bangladeshi immigrants. Chryssos was stabbed, and Tsimbidou punched and kicked. The attack, near the Polytechnic complex, took place under the Chryssi Avgi’s main Athens offices. Police said yesterday one suspect had been detained. The two victims were discharged from the hospital after receiving first aid.