Athens.- Six people have been identified as participants in a brutal attack late on Thursday on members of the Communist Party (KKE) in Perama, near Piraeus, police sources said over the weekend, after officers raided the Perama offices of the ultra-right Golden Dawn.
The sources did not specify that the six suspects are members of Golden Dawn but the assault has been attributed to a gang of more than 30 assailants believed to be linked to the far-right group.
Golden Dawn called the raid on its offices an “illegal break-in.”
Nine members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) were injured and taken to hospital after an attack by Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) followers, the party claimed on Friday.
According to KKE, a group of 30 individuals were putting up posters on Dimokratias Avenue, in Perama, greater Piraeus area, when they were attacked at midnight by a group of about 50 Golden Dawn people armed with wooden planks and crowbars.
The attack was condemned by all political parties bu New Democracy. Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) on Saturday criticised the government and New Democracy party for failing to condemn an attack carried out in Perama by neo-Nazis associated with Golden Dawn, who assaulted a party putting up posters for the Communist Party youth festival.
“Yesterday’s murderous attack by members of Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) on members of KKE is yet another example of the uncontrolled action of this Nazi gang, whose primary targets are democracy and rights,” a SYRIZA announcement said.
The party also noted that the “otherwise garrulous ND and equally garrulous government spokesman, who like to deliver lessons against violence, have not yet found the time to condemn the attack. It would seem that ND and the government spokesman do not condemn violence ‘from any quarter’.”
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas accused the ruling parties of New Democracy and Pasok, and the main opposition party of SYRIZA, of “selling fake hopes, fear-mongering, and false dilemmas” on Friday.
At a press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair, for which he is visiting the city officially, Koutsoumbas said that the two ruling parties’ “half truths are their greatest lies” and said that they were trying to fool people into believing that better days will come with the achievement of a budget surplus.
He included SYRIZA in the “attempts to fool people” and said the party was trying to “pull the wool over their eyes” with promises and renegotiation of the memorandum.
The KKE leader called on the people to turn its back on them and join KKE in the fight against monopolies, the EU and NATO, reiterating that the only solution is to overturn the rule of monopolies.
Asked whether he would accept any cooperation proposal by SYRIZA, Koutsoumbas replied, “How can one cooperate with a party that had so many turnarounds in a single year? With a party that has opened widely its doors to professional unionists and known PASOK cadres.”