Greek Police Investigate 'Golden Dawn' Party in Connection with Murder

Posted at: 09/18/2013 5:25 AM
Updated at: 09/18/2013 10:31 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Police are searching offices of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party after a man was stabbed to death in Athens in an attack with suspected political motives.

Thirty-four-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, identified by friends as an anti-fascist activist, died in a state hospital early Wednesday after being stabbed in the Keratsini area west of Athens.

Police said in a statement that a 45-year-old man was arrested and admitted to the stabbing, and to being a Golden Dawn supporter. Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris described the murder as a "heinous crime" and denied any party involvement.

Golden Dawn, whose senior members have expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, won nearly 7 percent of the vote in general elections last year, with support since rising to around 12 percent according to recent opinion polls.

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