ATHENS – A series of violent incidents said led by far-right extremists, backed by the remnants of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party whose leaders were jailed, has Greece's Supreme Court prosecutor Vassilis Pliotas moving to shut down the growing pheonmenon.
He sent a circular to the prosecutorial services of Athens and also Thessaloniki ordering them to conduct investigate the ranks of extremists tied to attacks, including against students at high schools in Greece's second-largest city.
Kathimerini said he's trying to determine whether the groups are acting independently or moving to coalesce and form a new ultra-right extremist movement with Golden Dawn's leaders behind bars for up to 13 years.
Far-right extremists have led vicious attacks on leftist students, anti-racists and other activists in different parts of Athens and Thessaloniki at the same time Greek police are occupied trying to stop mobster violence and murders.
But even as the probe into the extremists was directed, a 30-year-old man who was involved in an attack on members of an anti-fascism group was given a 36-month suspended sentence and not jailed, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) reported.
Depsite being convicted he still wasn't named although a guilty court verdict lifts the veil of privacy under Greek law although many convicted of crimes still aren't identified in the media.
Four people were injured in the assault in Athens and judges found him guilty of two counts of dangerous bodily harm, as well as disturbing the peace and possession of weapons. He was found innocent of a charge of damaging property.
Members of the Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat (KEERFA), who were preparing an event to mark the first anniversary of the conviction of the Golden Dawn organization identified the man as leading the attack.
One witness said the man, who had a swastika tattoo on his arm, gave a Nazi salute before departing with his gang. He admitted to being a former Golden Dawn member but said he just happened to be there and acted in self-defense.
He also claimed that he had moved on from his “Nazi past” and that he had covered up his swastika tattoo, the report also added.