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A year after the death of Pavlos Fyssas in Greece, PACE General Rapporteur hails his legacy

“A year after the atrocious murder of Pavlos Fyssas by right-wing extremists, his memory remains alive,” said Maria Giannakaki (Greece, SOC), the General Rapporteur against Racism and Intolerance of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Mr Fyssas was a Greek hip-hop artist who was stabbed to death by a supporter of the far-right movement Golden Dawn outside a café in the Keratsini district of Athens, during an altercation between different groups. Following the incident, there were extensive protests throughout the country against far-right extremism.

“The death of Mr Fyssas, one more in a chain of murders and attacks on immigrants and homosexuals, became, even though rather belatedly, the trigger for ending the cycle of impunity for this kind of crime,” said Ms Giannakaki.

“On this sad anniversary, I call for the judicial procedure in his case to be brought to a close, so that the family of Mr Fyssas can at last have justice. In his memory, I am determined to protect – at all costs – the ideals of democracy and free expression, whether in Piraeus or anywhere else in Europe.”

“I have no doubt that – in Keratsini as in other parts of Europe – democracy will prevail because of the very tools that neo-nazis try to destroy: human rights, the rule of law and democracy.”

“As PACE’s General Rapporteur against Racism and Intolerance, I pledge – together with other democrats – to do all I can to ensure that Golden Dawn and its subsidiaries, or any other neo-nazi groups, end up where they deserve to be: forgotten by history.”