The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 23 September 2013

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The Rendon Group Snapshot Report

(23SEP13)

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Greece and anti-Fascism Protests

This week’s snapshot focuses on the murder of anti-Fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (aka Killah P) and the subsequent protests and investigation. The people who attacked Fyssas were reportedly members of Greece’s far right Golden Dawn party. Protests against and investigations into Golden Dawn has led many Greeks to question the legitimacy of the party.

News Summary of events during the week of 15SEP-23SEP

  • On 18SEP, a Golden Dawn party member allegedly stabbed and killed Pavlos Pyssas, a left-wing party member, in an escalation of recent political violence. (Xinhua)
  • On 18SEP, Greek police raided the offices of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Athens. (DPA)
  • On 18SEP, anti-fascist protesters attacked police station near site of fatal stabbing, forcing riot police to fire tear gas and stun grenades to disperse them (AP)
  • On 19SEP, thousands of anti-fascists marched in Athens to protests against far-right extremism. (AFP)
  • On 20SEP, the Greek government announced the police’s anti-terrorism division was handling the investigation into the murder of Fyssas. (AP)
  • On 22SEP, Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Dendias proposed a law that could block state funding for the far-right Golden Dawn party if police find organizational links to the fatal stabbing of Fyssas. (Reuters)
  • On 23SEP, a poll by Rass for the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, conducted on 19SEP – 21SEP, put support for Golden Dawn at 5.8 percent, down from 8.3 percent on 15SEP. (Reuters)

 

Sample of Twitter handles regarding Greek anti-Fascism protests

 

Sample of Third Party Validators regarding Greek anti-Fascism protests

 

Tania Karagiannis, Spokeswoman, ADEDY, civil servants umbrella union

“We are protesting against the labor reserve scheme, first of all, but also more generally against the government’s continued austerity policies that foresee layoffs in the public sector.” – Greek Public Sector Begins Two-Day Strike, Wall Street Journal, 18SEP.

 

Official statement. Keerfa, United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat Campaign.

“Golden Dawn is intensifying its attacks [because it is] enjoying complete asylum from the police.” – Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist, Guardian, 18SEP.

 

Sotiris Poulikoyiannis, President, Metalworkers Union

“When they came for us, they were shouting, ‘We’re running this place, this harbour is ours.’ They were well prepared and equipped, they had sticks with nails in the end—this wasn’t a random attack. The two people in charge of the group even identified themselves.” –  An Antifascist Rapper Was Murdered in Athens Last Night, Vice, 19SEP.

 

Vasiliki Georgiadou, Professor of Political Science            , Panteion University

“We must expose the organisation to the people to convince them that it’s embroiled – in a direct or indirect way – in illegal and criminal events – even ban the party.” – Backlash against Greek far-right as anti-fascist rapper is laid to rest, The Independent, 19SEP.

 

Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General, The Council of Europe

“This murder stems from an extremely dangerous development we are seeing in Greece and also other parts of Europe. Sections of society are becoming more radicalised and there is a real risk that hate speech turns into violence and cold-blooded murder.” – Greek PM calls for calm after alleged Golden Dawn killing, EUObserver, 19SEP.

 

 

Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to Greek anti-Fascism protests

 

1. Greece mulls law that could cut off Golden Dawn state funding

Media: Reuters
Byline: George Georgiopoulos
Date: 22 September 2013

ATHENS (Reuters) – A minister in Greece’s coalition government has proposed a law that could block state funding for the far-right Golden Dawn party if police find organizational links to the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by one of its supporters.

Authorities are currently checking Golden Dawn lawmakers’ phone records as part of their investigation into the murder of rapper Pavlos Fissas by a 45-year old man associated with the party.

Citizen protection minister Nikos Dendias proposed legislation that would cut off state funding to parties if their leader or more than a tenth of their lawmakers are charged with a felony carrying a 10-year jail term, his ministry said on Sunday.

To continue reading, please visit:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/22/us-greece-goldendawn-idUSBRE98L06T20130922
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2. Greek police want to check Golden Dawn phone calls over rapper death

 

Media: Reuters

Byline: Harry Papachristou and Renee Maltezou

Date: 20 September 2013

 

(Reuters) – Greek police have asked a prosecutor for permission to check Golden Dawn lawmakers’ phone records as part of an investigation into the killing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right party, police and court sources said on Friday.

 

The government has already asked judges to investigate the country’s third-biggest party for evidence that might link it to the death of Pavlos Fissas, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday night after being ambushed by about 30 unknown assailants.

 

Police want to check the call logs of two Golden Dawn members of parliament and a local party chief to find out who called whom and when on the night Fissas was killed, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

 

To continue reading, please visit:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-greece-goldendawn-idUSBRE98J0B420130920

 

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3. Thousands march against far-right extremism in Athens

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Byline: N/A
Date: 19 September 2013

ATHENS, Sept 19, 2013 (AFP) – Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens to protest against far-right extremism on Thursday, a day after police and demonstrators clashed in cities across the country following the murder of an anti-fascist singer.

Around 4,000 people marched in the capital’s western Keratsini district, where Wednesday’s murder occurred, carrying banners that said “stop fascism” and “no pasaran” (“they shall not pass”), an AFP reporter saw.

The protesters, mostly trade union members, shouted slogans including “out with fascists” and “workers do not fear threats”.

Greece has been rocked by unrest since popular hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, who wrote music under the nickname Killah P, was stabbed to death early on Wednesday by 45-year-old truck driver George Roupakias, who has allegedly confessed to police and is said to be a supporter of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

To continue reading, please visit:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130919/thousands-march-against-far-right-extremism-athens

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4. Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist

 

Media: The Guardian (UK)

Byline: Helena Smith

Date: 18 September 2013

 

The alleged murder of a prominent leftwing hip-hop artist by a self-confessed member of the far-right Golden Dawn party has sent political tensions soaring in Greece.

 

As the crisis-hit country was brought to a standstill by striking workers on Wednesday, police raided several Golden Dawn offices in Athens after the fatal stabbing late on Tuesday of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, a well-known activist on Greece’s vibrant anti-fascist scene.

 

The raids came within hours of a 45-year-old man being arrested in connection with the murder. The alleged perpetrator, who has not been named, reportedly admitted having links to the extremist group, according to police.

 

Fyssas, Greece’s foremost hip-hop artist who performed under the stage name Killah P, is said to have identified the culprit as he was being taken to hospital after being injured in the brawl which broke out shortly after midnight in Piraeus’s working-class district of Keratsini.

 

To continue reading, please visit:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/18/greece-murder-golden-dawn

 

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5. Greece: Clashes Break Out at Anti-Fascist Protest

 

Media: Associated Press

Byline: N/A

Date: 18 September 2013

 

(ATHENS, Greece) — Clashes have broken out between riot police and protesters holding an anti-fascist demonstration near the site of a fatal stabbing attributed to an extremist right-wing party.

 

Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades Wednesday evening to disperse protesters, who local media said had attempted to attack the police station.

 

The demonstration was being held to protest the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old musician who friends described as an anti-fascist activist.

 

To continue reading, please visit:

http://world.time.com/2013/09/18/greece-clashes-break-out-at-anti-fascist-protest/#ixzz2fjtCCVqR

 

 

6. Greece’s ‘Neo-Nazi’ Golden Dawn in Spotlight After Murder of Anti-Fascist Rapper

 

Media: Time

Byline: Ishaan Tharoor

Date: 18 September 2013

 

In a suburb of Athens on Tuesday night, a mob of some two dozen thugs cornered Pavlos Fyssas, a well-known leftist rapper, and killed him. According to reports, one man in the crowd fatally stabbed the 34-year-old anti-fascist musician—known by his stage name Killah P—who had been reportedly watching a soccer match at a cafe with his girlfriend and some friends. Police later said they had arrested a 45-year-old man, who allegedly confessed not only to the crime, but also to being a member of the far-right Golden Dawn party, an extremist Greek nationalist group that has emerged from obscurity in recent years to become one of crisis-hit Greece‘s most potent political movements.

 

Golden Dawn has rejected any link to the murder, but that didn’t stave off an irate backlash. As the country braced for another round of strikes by government employees, protesting the latest E.U.-mandated austerity cuts, anti-fascist demonstrators marched throughout the country, in some instances clashing with police. International human rights monitor Amnesty International issued a stern statement, imploring the Greek government “to send a clear message that attacks like this won’t be tolerated.” And there are signs that it may indeed take action. “It is our duty not to allow any space whatsoever to fascism – not even an inch,” said Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

 

To continue reading, please visit:

Greece’s ‘Neo-Nazi’ Golden Dawn in Spotlight After Murder of Anti-Fascist Rapper

 

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7. Golden Dawn loses support after rapper killing – poll

 

Media: Reuters

Byline: N/A

Date: 23 September 2013

 

ATHENS, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Support for Greece’s Golden Dawn has fallen by 2.5 percentage points after the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right party and most Greeks believe it threatens democracy, a poll showed on Monday.

 

The poll by Rass for the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, conducted on Sept. 19-21, put support for Golden Dawn at 5.8 percent, down from 8.3 percent on Sept. 15.

 

Pavlos Fissas was stabbed to death late on Sept. 17 after being ambushed by a group of unknown attackers, triggering protests in cities across Greece, where economic hardship has divided society.

 

To continue reading, please visit:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-greece-goldendawn-poll-idUSBRE98M07S20130923

 

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