A fascist demo in the city of Larissa in Greece was smashed by antifascists. During clashes with the police which ensued 4 comrades have been arrested. The Medical School of the city is under occupation demanding the release of the antifascists.
On Sunday noon fascists of the Patriotic Club of Thessaly tried to hold a racist demo against the new law which gives citizenship to hundreds of thousands of second generation immigrants. According to the communique of the occupied Medical School of the city, before the fascists even began to gather, Visarionos square where their march was supposed to start was occupied by antifascists. When the fascists finally arrived they were attacked and beaten while the van with which they patrol the streets of the city at night in vigilante immigrant hunt type of operations was destroyed. After the fascists retreated the antifascist counter-demo was attacked by riot police forces who pushed the radicals towards the central square of the city (Post-Office square) with an intention to encircle them. During the clashes 4 people have been arrested, while the rest took refuge to the city's Medical School. The School remains under occupation by people demanding the immediate release of the anti-fascists. The cops have demanded a lift of the academic asylum, but the rector has refused to grant it.
The developments come on the same day that two members of the Golden Dawn neo-nazi party were arrested in Athens carrying a 9mm ZASTAVA gun and propaganda material of their organisation. The police has raided their houses and the headquarters of the neo-nazi party but has announced it found no more incriminating evidence. The two men are held in custody.
On other news from Greece: last night police broke the academic asylum of the Polytechnioupoli (NB not the down-town Polytechnic) in Zagrafou with the permission of the rector Mr Moutzouris, after reported damages to the premises during a party held by students. Delta-team motorised forces stormed the building where the party was held, entering it mounted and arrested 30 students who were later released with no charges pressed against them. It is the first time the asylum is breached by rectorial permission since 1995, and marks an explosive low point of academic-student relations that could have serious consequences. In the past years Mr Moutzouris has defended the asylum principle and it remains to be seen if yesterday's breach was a tactical move before ministry pressures or a realignment of overall policy.