Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Greece: Fascists, neo-Nazis attack students outside school

A mob of fascists and neo-Nazis wearing hoods and crash helmets attacked an anti-fascist rally of students in a high school in the Greek city of Thessaloniki on Tuesday morning. The event took place outside the EPAL vocational school in the suburb of Stavroupolis, when a group of approximately 30 fascists came out of the school premises and attacked the rally with bats and knives leading to at least two injuries. 
According to witnesses the hooded fascists had gathered behind the school building earlier in the day to organize the assault of the rally. It is characteristic that some of them were seen in video footage performing the Nazi salute. In a statement issued later, the Nazi criminal group of Golden Dawn (whose leading members have been imprisoned, sentenced for operating a criminal organization) “congratulated” the fascists for attacking the student's rally.

Numerous trade unions and students' associations have condemned the fascist attack. In a statement, the local Party Organization of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) condemns the stance of police, as well as the school's administration. 

The statement reads: “The stance of the police in unacceptable. At the time of the fascist attack the police forces were dispelling the parents, the pupils and the students by throwing chemicals and tear gas, thus backing the fascist fores. The responsibilities of the school's administration, as well those of the administration of Secondary Education, are huge, because under their tolerance the school became a base of fascists”. The KKE also calls the government to take responsibility for the activity of fascist cells in the schools. 

An anti-fascist rally has been scheduled for today, Wednesday, at the central square of Stavroupolis. 

"Fascism shall not pass!" Militant anti-fascist rally in Stavroupoli

The class unions of Thessaloniki, unionist teachers of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), students’ unions and peoples’ associations gave a militant and decisive response to the new fascist attacks by organizing a big rally at Stavroupolis' main square.

At the head of the procession was the banner of the Coordinating Committee of Students of Thessaloniki, which read: “Student blood… by a fascist? That’s enough! “Fascists OUT of our schools.”

The police later announced arrests of 19 people who participated in the fascist attacks and they gave to the media the following photo showing the fascists’ weaponry in the school.