As todayHe was murdered 10 years ago on September 18th Paul Fyssas from the Nazi Golden Dawn attack battalions.
Ten years later, the wounds remain open. Not only because the demand for an active anti-fascist movement necessarily still exists, but also because the judicial investigation into the actions of the leading core of the Golden Dawn criminal organization is still ongoing.
The murder of Pavlos Fyssas, along with the other murderous Golden Dawn attacks mentioned in the files, is in the second phase of trials. The fact that ten years later no final decision has been made and continues to cast a shadow over the climax of the democratic process, the elections, while the state and society debate for months over how to deal with Ilias Kasidiaris’ effort, has been condemned in first instance for the criminal organization Golden Dawn to break into the electoral field.
Ten years after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, which sparked an anti-fascist uprising and led to the judicial investigation of the criminal organization’s activities, there are likely to be no pogroms – at least not in public – but the “ordinary voters” of The Golden Dawn will continue asked by the same people, even from prisons, who she should support so that there continues to be adequate “representation” in Parliament.
The murder of Pavlos Fyssas
The 34-year-old anti-fascist musician Pavlos Fyssas or Killah P. was murdered in the early hours of the 18thher September 2013 by 45-year-old gold prospector Giorgos Roupakias after a coordinated attack by a Golden Dawn strike squad, which was ordered and approved by the criminal organization’s hierarchy.
Pavlos Fyssas was accompanied by his partner in the Corali cafeteria, where he and other people were watching a football match. Also in the same cafeteria was a small group of Chrysaugitians who called the local Nicaea organization and asked for reinforcements.
The approximately 50-strong reinforcements arrived at the scene with batons and iron fists and acted undisturbed, even though the police were on site. Roupakias stabbed Pavlos Fyssa in the thigh and chest. The stab wounds were fatal as they pierced the lungs and heart.
Before the 34-year-old musician lost consciousness, he identified Roupakias as the perpetrator of the attack. His death was confirmed at Nice State General Hospital, where he was transferred. At the same time, Roupakias had been arrested and was communicating with Nicaea Group leader Giorgos Patelis, who informed Greek Orthodox Church member Yiannis Lagos. The head of the FSA, Nikos Michaloliakos, was also found in the telephone chain.
Symbol of the anti-fascist movement
The social reaction to the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by the neo-Nazis was crucial to the judicial investigation of the Golden Dawn crimes. It was a crucial moment in which the “veil” of the embellishment of the fascists’ actions by a part of the mass media was torn, and with it the cynical or indifferent attitude of a part of politicians and citizens. Pavlos Fyssas became a symbol of the anti-fascist movement.
The case of Fyssa’s murder was heard along with other cases in the Golden Dawn trial. On October 7, 2020, Roupakias, who was charged with premeditated murder as a natural perpetrator, was found guilty along with 15 other leaders and other members of the Golden Dawn, which the court unanimously classified as a criminal organization. The case continues in the Court of Appeal.
The events of Antifascist September in Athens culminate today, Monday September 18th, with the established antifascist march in Keratsini in the afternoon in memory of Pavlos Fyssas.
Memorial events for Pavlos Fyssas ©Aris Oikonomou / SOOC
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