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07 Oct 2020 | 11:54 AM UTC

Greece: Police fire tear gas amid large-scale anti-fascism demonstration in Athens October 7

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Police fire tear gas to control crowds as thousands of anti-fascism activists gather in Athens on October 7; disruptions likely in immediate term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Athens


Police in Athens reportedly fired tear gas on Wednesday morning, October 7, to control part of a large anti-fascism rally in the capital linked to a prominent far-right court hearing. Thousands of activists had gathered outside the city's court of appeals ahead of a verdict in a case against the leaders of the far-right Golden Dawn group relating to the murder of an anti-fascism campaigner in 2013. Hundreds of additional police have been deployed at the court, and another protest site in Thessaloniki, and a cordon had been established around the building amid concerns over potential clashes between far-right and anti-fascist groups, but the large-scale demonstrations remained largely peaceful and orderly.

Tear gas is reported to have been used when a small group of demonstrators attempted to break through the cordon after a guilty verdict was issued against the Golden Dawn leaders, but the situation quickly de-escalated.

Disruptions are likely to continue in central Athens in the immediate term as thousands of people remain around the court of appeals. There remains a realistic possibility of further protests and clashes between rival demonstrators in the near term following Wednesday's verdict.  


Those in Athens are advised to monitor the situation, avoid associated demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate residual disruptions, and heed instructions issued by local authorities.


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