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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