Thousands of civil servants were to demonstrate in Athens against staff cuts on Wednesday, hours after an anti-fascist artist's murder, allegedly at the hands of a suspected neo-Nazi, raised social tension.
Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old hip hop artist and anti-fascist, was stabbed to death early on Wednesday in the western Athens district of Keratsini, after a football argument. Police said they had arrested a 45-year-old member of the Golden Dawn neo-Nazi group. Golden Dawn immediately denied any connection, but the incident is likely to inflame the precarious social situation where anger is simmering over four years of austerity cuts. On Monday, at least 17,000 teachers and civil servants protested against new plans for massive public sector redeployments and layoffs.AFP