Po­lice were told to stand back at Fys­sas mur­der

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Po­lice­men who were at the scene when anti-fas­cist rap­per Pav­los Fys­sas was stabbed to death by Golden Dawn mem­ber Gior­gos Roupakias in 2013 were or­dered not to in­ter­vene, an Athens court heard yesterday.

One of the eight mem­bers of the DIAS mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing squad that wit­nessed a gang of around 50 Golden Dawn sup­port­ers chas­ing Fys­sas and his friends in the sub­urb of Ker­atsini, near Pi­raeus, told the court try­ing the neo-Nazi party’s lead­er­ship that their su­pe­ri­ors had told them to steer clear of trou­ble.

“We in­formed the base,” said the of­fi­cer who ar­rested Roupakias. “The or­ders we re­ceived were to keep our dis­tance and keep giv­ing them a pic­ture of what was go­ing on.”

The of­fi­cer, how­ever, ar­gued that there was lit­tle the po­lice­men present could have done even if they had re­ceived or­ders to in­ter­vene. “When you see 50 peo­ple with bats and hel­mets, you do not get in­volved,” he said. “Eight peo­ple can­not take on 50.”

The po­lice­man said that he saw a “bunch” of peo­ple sur­round Fys­sas, which is when of­fi­cers in­ter­vened. How­ever, the rap­per had been stabbed by Roupakias by that point. The wit­ness told the court that he did not see any marks or bruises on the per­pe­tra­tor.

“He was not hurt,” said the of­fi­cer. “He was good. Maybe he knew a mar­tial art or box­ing.”

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