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Riot police in the streets of Thessaloniki.

A pitched war broke out this Wednesday in Athens as a result of the demonstration of thousands of people for the murder of a leftist militant at the hands of a neo-Nazi, which occurred during the early morning in Keratsini, a suburb south of the capital. The victim was a 34-year-old artist named Pavlos Fissas. The aggressor, a 45-year-old man, arrested shortly after the attack, confessed to belonging to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which has 18 out of 300 deputies in the Greek Parliament.

The fight that ended the life of the musician, according to the police, began at the end of the broadcast of a football match in a bar. The attackers were dressed in black and wore camouflage clothing, a typical outfit among the militants of Golden Dawn. One of them inflicted two stabs on Fissas's chest.

"September 18, 2013 has to be seen as a wake-up call for the Greek Democracy, the country's institutions and its citizens to wake up," wrote the Greek daily commentator. Kathimerini, Nikos Xydakis, in an editorial titled The red line.

“It's not about the demonstration of power and leadership on the streets of working-class neighborhoods; nor of a war between fans. This is a case of destabilization of legality, a practical denial of democracy, a logical extension of the political practices of those who deny the Holocaust and that people were killed in the revolt of the Athens Polytechnic against the military junta in 1973 , writes Xidakys, interpreting the thinking of many who, during these last two years, since Aurora Dorada won the seats in the last elections; they warned of the risk posed by a political formation that is third in the voting intention polls.

"Also a crisis has its red lines", concluded the commentator. The murder of the young rapper is one of them, although it is not the first time that Aurora Dorada has been associated with episodes of violence. In January a young Pakistani man was stabbed to death in the center of Athens and party leaflets were found at the home of one of those arrested for the murder. Last week the police arrested some party members accused of attacking communist militants.

But the reaction of the Government and the other political forces in Greece was stronger yesterday. All agreed in accusing the neo-Nazi formation of the crime, which called the accusations "miserable." "This abominable murder clearly illustrates the intentions of neo-Nazism," said Public Order Minister Nikos Dendiás, who postponed an official visit to Italy after the event. Dendias also announced a legislative initiative to revise articles 185 and 191 of the Greek Penal Code, which define what are legally "criminal organization" and "armed gang". The measure is intended to affect Golden Dawn.

The most serious disturbances have occurred in Keratsini, near the scene of the murder. The police responded with tear gas to the throwing of sticks and stones by far-left militants. Other clashes were recorded in Salonika and Patras. Hours earlier, about 5,000 people gathered in a plaza near the crime scene to protest the murder. The demonstration took place on the day that the unions took to the streets again against the layoffs in the public sector and the austerity policies of the Government of Antonís Samarás. "Today was Pavlos," read a sign in Keratsini. “Tomorrow it can be your son, or your friend. Awake".

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