Two senior police officers resign, another four suspended amid clampdown on Golden Dawn

Two senior Greek police officers have resigned and another four local officers have been suspended after the force clamped down on Golden Dawn’s illegal activities following the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by a member of the far right party last week.

The Public Order Ministry said on Monday that the general inspector for police in southern Greece, lieutenant general Yiannis Dikopoulos and the general director for police in central Greece, major general Apostolos Kaskanis, had tendered their resignations over “personal reasons”. No more details were given.

The police has also launched an investigation into a raid on Golden Dawn offices in Halkida, Evia, on Friday after it was deemed that some of the party’s members who should have been arrested were allowed to go free.

Four officers – the local police chief, the head of the Halkida precinct, the duty officer and a patrol officer – have been suspended pending the outcome of the probe.

Authorities began cracking down on Golden Dawn after Fyssas was murdered last Tuesday. Alleged members of the neofascist party have claimed in anonymous interviews that supporters and members of the group within the police often helped protect Golden Dawn from raids.

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