Opposition to Golden Dawn branch in Xanthi leads to clashes with police


A peaceful rally protesting the opening of a branch of far-right party Golden Dawn in the northern Greek town of Xanthi spiraled into violence on Saturday evening after dozens of self-styled anarchists clashed with police.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd of around 300 anarchists who tried to break through a cordon to attack the Golden Dawn premises, launching Molotov cocktails and vandalizing shops after being thwarted.

The scuffles came after the completion of a peaceful rally organized by an anti-fascism and anti-racism organization that saw hundreds of locals opposing the opening of the Golden Dawn branch.