Far-righters target minority meeting

Police in Thessaloniki clashed on Sunday with a group of 150 far-right militants who tried to force their way into a political meeting of a party representing northern Greece’s Slav-speaking minority. The right-wingers, shouting nationalist slogans, were pushed back by officers who used tear gas, according to Thessaloniki’s police chief, Costas Tzekis. The group burned a poster belonging to the Rainbow party and dispersed. The Rainbow party is part of the European Free Alliance, an EU-wide grouping of small parties seeking devolution or more autonomy for their area, and was meeting to prepare for the June 13 European Parliament elections. Panayiotis Psomiadis, the conservative regional governor of Thessaloniki, on Thursday labeled the Rainbow grouping «undesirable,» saying it was organized by an association «which holds anti-national opinions.» (AFP)