Anti-fascist rally and events to be held in central Athens on Saturday

Anti-fascist and migrant rights groups said on Tuesday that they will be holding a rally and a series of cultural events in central Athens on Saturday in a bid to reach out to residents in rundown parts of the Greek capital.

The event will include the participation of residents and local community groups, as well as educators and university workers.

It will begin with a rally at Victoria Square at noon on Saturday followed by a march to the main square of Aghios Panteleimonas and a series of cultural happenings with musicians and street artists.

“This action is scheduled to coincide with the revelation of the true face of Golden Dawn,” a spokesperson for the Deport Racism activist group told Athens-Macedonia News Agency in reference to a government-led crackdown in the far-right party that is believed to be behind numerous attacks on foreigners and migrant-owned establishments in central Athens, and especially in the area of Aghios Panteleimonas.

“The objective is to reach out to residents and collective action groups in Aghios Panteleimonas, which should be a place of creativity and solidarity, not of racist and fascist hate,” Thanasis Kourkoulas said.