Police puts ban in place for Golden Dawn’s Imia rally


All public gatherings in central Athens have been banned for Saturday by the police due to fears of clashes at an event planned by neo-Nazi Golden Dawn to mark the anniversary of the 1996 Imia crisis, when Greece and Turkey almost went to war over the uninhabited islet.

Police concerns about possible trouble at the annual rally were heightened by a clash between anarchists and a group of Germans, thought to be members of a far-right group who are in Athens to take part in Saturday’s event, in Monastiraki on Thursday night.

A group of around 25 people attacked the 12 Germans as they ate at a taverna. The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.