Extremists disrupt trial
The trial of Golden Dawn members and supporters was abruptly adjourned yesterday after scuffles broke out between supporters of the neoNazi party and anti-fascist activists. It was the second day in a row that judges had to keep a lid on tensions inside and outside the Athens Court of Appeals prompted by the testimony of a unionist claiming that he and a group of around 20 fellow activists were violently attacked in September 2013 by around 50 Golden Dawn members and supporters. In his testimony, the head of the Attica Metalworkers’ Union, Sotiris Poulikoyiannis, suggested that the attack against the Communist-affiliated PAME activists was carried out by GD members acting on behalf of business interests looking to weaken the union’s hold over the ship repair industry in the port of Perama, a suburb of Piraeus. The trial is to resume tomorrow.