Greek authorities said 14 people were due to appear in court on Thursday following their arrest during violent clashes between members of far-right groups and participants in a counter-protest.
Supporters of the far-right group Golden Dawn defied a blanket police ban on protests in greater Athens on Wednesday evening and clashed with demonstrators from a rival rally led by left-wing organizations that also defied the order.
The violence around central Athens spread onto a train and onto a platform of the city’s subway.
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Police initially arrested 60 people, but later released most of them. The 14 people arrested face charges of disturbing public order.
A public order minister said Thursday an investigation had been launched into allegations of police brutality after an amateur video posted online appeared to show members of a motorcycle police unit repeatedly hitting the ground a protester detained.
The far-right protest was organized to mark a decade since the fatal shootings of two members of Golden Dawn, a group with neo-Nazi roots linked to multiple street attacks mainly targeting migrants.
Golden Dawn was formerly a political party represented in the Greek parliament between 2012 and 2019. A court declared it a criminal organization in 2020. The group’s leader was imprisoned for 13 years, along with other senior members.
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On Wednesday, police arrested 21 Italian nationals at Athens International Airport who were believed to have traveled to Greece to attend the far-right rally. They were deported to Italy, authorities said.
The government has denied claims that it has eased the ban on protests.
“There was no tolerance (toward the far-right gathering). Multiple police operations were carried out,” government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis said.
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“The police, rightly, do not ask for the political identity of people who commit illegal acts. They do their job and arrest them,” Marinakis said.