Violent episodes have erupted as extreme far-right Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) members have clashed with police during an anti-immigrant protest in the western port of Patras in front of the abandoned factory of Peiraiki Patraiki used by illegal immigrants for shelter.
Events came after the funeral of 30 year old Thanassis Lazanas who was murdered by three young Afghans on Saturday, according to Patrastimes.gr
Approximately 150 members of the Golden Dawn, who reportedly, joined an anti-immigrant protest rally with organized by residents of Patras for Thanasis Lazanas. Dressed in black with helmets and holding batons and flags members of Golden Dawn lined against the police forces outside the old factory in an attempt to storm the abandoned factory with the immigrants. Residents asked the police not to stop them and let them storm the factory to evict migrants. Shortly after 8 pm the fighting broke out with police responding with tear gas. Protesters attempted to invade the building at least three times, according to To Vima.
The murder of the 30 year old man as residents of Patras say was the straw that broke the camel on the situation that has developed in the large number of illegal immigrants. There is a growing concern by the citizens of Patras, that an increased number of illegal immigrants will loiter around the new port, according to Ta Nea. They are afraid that crime may increase in their neighborhoods and therefore they had decided to set up a citizens patrol in the area since last December.
In an announcement by the official website of Golden Dawn, which came during the incidents, said: “The police and riot police instead of applying the law and clear the area of illegal immigrants, they have attacked residents in Patras with tear gas, and have arrested residents of Patras and members of Golden Dawn “.
The episodes have left seven civilians and three policemen injured.