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Anti-fascist rally marred by violence

Violence began after dozens of hooded demonstrators in Keratsini broke off from the initially peaceful march and police fired teargas at them.

Greek police fired teargas at protesters who hurled petrol bombs and stones in Athens on Thursday during a rally marking one year since the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a far-right Golden Dawn supporter, George Roupakias.

The short-lived violence began after dozens of hooded demonstrators broke off from the initially peaceful march and police chased them through the streets, firing teargas.

According to the police at least four banks, two shops and one kiosk were attacked, 73 people were detained, while 64 of them were arrested for various offenses.

Dressed in white T-shirts proclaiming “We won’t forget,” the demonstrators marched through the streets earlier on Thursday, holding banners that read: “Pavlos is alive -- crush the Fascists!” Hundreds of mourners laid flowers and candles at the spot where he died and where a bas relief monument depicting Fyssas with microphone in hand was erected.