Public Order minister issues stern warning to ‘raid brigades’

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday morning issued a stern warning to the ultranationalist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party, after violence erupted on Thursday between police and members of Golden Dawn in Corinth protesting the transfer to a military base of dozens of undocumented migrants, and ahead of a anti-racism rally in Athens.

“Raid brigades across the country, who trade upon national symbols, will not be tolerated. Any such phenomenon will be crushed,» Dendias said in response to a question by Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris regarding the protest rally on Friday afternoon.

“The Constitution protects gatherings of Greek and not of foreigners,» Kasidiaris said, with Dendias responding that Greece will respect the international treaties on human rights it has signed and that the Constitution gives everyone the right to gather «quietly and without arms.”

The Public Order minister reiterated that a tough stance will be taken against any groups trying to disrupt a peaceful protest.

The rally on Friday afternoon is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Omonia Square, and is organized by the Pakistani Community of Greece, the Union of Migrant Workers and the United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat movement to protest against a recent rise in racist attacks and the failure of authorities to combat such incidents.