Athens and other cities around Greece erupted in violence the night of Sept. 18 in protests over the murder earlier in the day of a 34-year-old anti-fascist hip-hop artist who police said was stabbed to death by a member of Golden Dawn, Giorgos Roupakios, who was arrested. He appeared before a prosecutor while the demonstrations were raging and will appear before a magistrate on Sept. 21.
While the government scrambled to find ways to legally control Golden Dawn, which has 18 seats in Parliament, the friends and family of Pavlos Fyssas buried him the morning of Sept. 20, little more than a day after he was killed at a cafe in the southern Athens neighborhood of Amfiali, where he had gone with friends and his fiance to watch the Olympiakos-Paris St. Germain soccer game on TV.
Reports differed but it was said that words broke out between Fyssas and his friends and Golden Dawn members and that the extremists left and called for reinforcements and that as many as 40 of their gang attacked Fyssas and several of his friends. Witnesses said Roupakios, unable to physically knock down Fyssas, stabbed him three times before fleeing.