A woman stands at the site where anti-fascism rapper Pavlos
Fissas was stabbed to death in Athens. REUTERS/John
At least two people were killed in a drive-by shooting
outside the offices of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party in
Athens, police say.
The attack took place as the government is cracking down on
Golden Dawn, Greece's third-most popular political force,
after a party sympathiser stabbed an anti-fascism rapper to
death in September.
The victims were aged 20 and 23 years old, Golden Dawn said
on its website, but police had not yet verified their
identities and details on the shooting were not immediately
available. A third person was seriously wounded and taken to
"The murderers - whoever they are - will be dealt with
unsparingly by our democracy. Let everyone know this,"
government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told reporters outside
the prime minister's mansion.
Scores of police in riot gear cordoned off the streets
surrounding the offices in the northern Athens suburb of Neo
Iraklio and TV footage showed Ourania Mihaloliakou, the
daughter of the party's detained leader, had rushed to the
Golden Dawn rose from obscurity on an anti-immigrant and
anti-austerity agenda to enter parliament for the first time
The killing of rapper Pavlos Fissas prompted a crackdown on
the party and led to sometimes violent protests across
Greece. The government says it will wipe out a party it
describes as a "neo-Nazi gang".
The party features a swastika-like emblem and its leader has
denied the Holocaust but the group rejects the neo-Nazi
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum condemned the
killings, with Dimitris Papadimoulis, a lawmaker from the
leftist opposition Syriza party, calling it a "blow to
"It feeds fascism, it does not beat it," he wrote on Twitter.
The public order minister, Nikos Dendias, said the law would
be imposed and he would not allow Greece to become "anyone's
battlefield for settling scores."
Golden Dawn, which has 18 lawmakers in Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras's government, said it had asked for police protection
at its offices after receiving threats.
"Samaras's anti-Greek government is to blame for the crime,
which allowed out of control terrorists to murder young kids
in cold blood," the party said in a statement.
Party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and two senior lawmakers
were ordered detained last month pending their trial on
charges of belonging to a criminal group.