Dozens of people gathered in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini on Friday to mark the second anniversary of local rapper Pavlos Fyssas’s fatal stabbing by a member of Golden Dawn, for which the far-right party’s leader accepted “political responsibility” on Thursday.
“As far as the political responsibility is concerned, we accept it, but there is no criminal responsibility,” Nikos Michaloliakos said in an interview with Real FM.
“This murder was not the beginning or the end of Golden Dawn’s activities,” Keratsini Mayor Christos Vrettakos said in a statement ahead of the rally on Friday. “Despite its efforts to deceive society by showing a different face, its actions continue to spread hate toward migrants and anti-fascists.”
His sentiment was echoed by respected constitutional expert Nikos Alivizatos, running in Sunday’s elections with centrist Potami, who urged Greeks not to vote for Golden Dawn.
“I consider it an embarrassment for the Greek people to bring into third place the party that assumed political responsibility for Fyssas’s murder,” Alivizatos said, speaking on Antenna TV. “It’s as though Michaloliakos said, ‘Vote for me because I cover up for murderers,’” he added.