Attack on anti-racism protest leads to arrests

A prosecutor yesterday remanded in custody 44 suspected right-wing extremists for violently disrupting an anti-racism rally in Ambelokipi, central Athens, on Saturday and causing one woman to require hospital treatment. The suspects have been charged with a range of offenses, including disrupting the peace, using threatening behavior and illegally carrying and using weapons. All the charges have been changed from misdemeanors to felonies, as the 44 were allegedly wearing hoods or had their faces covered when they committed them. The anti-racism rally was held after extremists recently forced their way into a local social club, where they caused widespread damage. A 50-year-old woman was injured during the scuffles on Saturday, when the assailants allegedly used various objects to attack the protesters that had gathered outside the Panormou metro station.