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Golden Dawn members identified in riot

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Man who led gang who threw stones at antifascist protesters during a riot last week under the eye of the police has been identified as a Golden Dawn member

Golden Dawn's head "henchman" in Nikea with riot police at the protests following Pavlos Fyssas' murder (Photo: Spyros Tsakiris, Eleftherotypia) Golden Dawn's head "henchman" in Nikea with riot police at the protests following Pavlos Fyssas' murder (Photo: Spyros Tsakiris, Eleftherotypia) One of the men filmed last week throwing stones at antifascist protesters during a protests marking the murder Pavlos Fyssas has been identified as a Golden Dawn member and associate of the man charged with the rapper's murder.

In a video recorded on the night of September 18 in Keratsini, when a large demonstration took place in protest at the murder earlier that morning of Fyssas, a group of civilians can be seen throwing stones and hurling insults while Mat/Ekam riot police fail to intervene, fuelling suspicion of police–Golden Dawn cooperation.

A man with a shaved head and goatee and wearing a red vest appears to have been in charge of the group, which numbered about a dozen men.

According to photographs published in Ethnos newspaper on Tuesday, this individual is a Golden Dawn member who attended a training camp which was held on the River Neda during the summer.

Ethnos daily said it had "reliable information" that the two men were the same person. It added that this man is the chief "henchman" of Golden Dawn hit squad in Nikea, of which Fyssas' murderer, Yiorgos Roupakias, was also reportedly a member.

Yiorgos Roupakias (L, circled) and the "henchman" (R) at a Golden Dawn training camp on the River Neda Yiorgos Roupakias (L, circled) and the "henchman" (R) at a Golden Dawn training camp on the River Neda Roupakias also attended the same training camp.

The revelations come a day after two police resigned and seven others were transferred from their posts as part of an investigation into Golden Dawn infiltration of the force. Among those transferred were the head of the riot police in Keratsini and the local police chief. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the police's internal affairs division raided police stations in Nikea, Kaminia and Rendi as part of its investigation into Golden Dawn infiltration of the force. According to reports, some officers have been asked to hand over their service weapons. 

The video showing the Golden Dawn members rioting alongside police was uploaded by journalist Aris Chatzistefanou, who runs the info-war.gr website. It had about 230,000 views by noon on Tuesday.

Yiorgos Roupakias and Nikos Papavasiliou pose together Yiorgos Roupakias and Nikos Papavasiliou pose together Another photograph that has come to light, and published in Tuesday's Eleftherotypia, shows Roupakias posing beside a Golden Dawn member who was caught red-handed smashing the window of shops owned by non-Greeks in the central Athens district of Ayios Panteleimonas in September.

That man, Nikos Papavasiliou, was beaten by the antifascists and hospitalised. He was subsequently labelled an "indignant resident" by the media. But in May, his real identity was revealed after he was arrested after an arson attack on a bar owned by a Cameroon national. A prosecutor subsequently ordered that his name and photograph be released and published in the media. 

Police mugshot of Nikos Papavasiliou Police mugshot of Nikos Papavasiliou

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