Migrants attacked ahead of War of Independence parade

Members of the extreme-right organization Chrysi Avgi on Friday attacked immigrant street vendors before the start of the military parade in the center of Athens to mark the March 25 anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, according to reports.

The immigrants, who were selling Greek flags, were assaulted outside the Hotel Grande Bretagne at Syntagma Square by members of the ultra-nationalist group chanting racist slogans, reports said.

There were no reports of injuries or detentions.

Meanwhile, activists of PAME, the Communist Party-affiliated union, demonstrated during the parade with banners protesting against the government’s economic policy and the memorandum signed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

The national holiday on March 25 marks the start of Greece’s 1821 war of independence against the 400-year Ottoman rule.

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