Murder of Pavlos Fyssas

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Pavlos Fyssas (Greek: Παύλος Φύσσας) (10 April 1979 – 18 September 2013), also known by his stage name Killah P,[1] (meaning "Killer of the Past") was a Greek anti-fascist rapper who was murdered on 17 September 2013 in the western Athens district of Keratsini. Giorgos Roupakias was arrested for his murder.[1][2][3]

Description[edit]

On 17 September 2013, Pavlos Fyssas went out with his partner and 8–10 people to a cafe, to watch a football match.[4]

The Greek Police received a call at 23:57 the same night, in which the caller stated that a group of 50 people had assembled and were armed with bats, at the intersection of Ifigenias Street and Panagi Tsaldari Avenue in Keratsini. They were reportedly heading towards a shop-cafe called "Coral". At 23:59, a DIAS police unit of 8 was instructed to enter the area. The police officers reached the Coral cafe, where 30 people were assembled outside, a number of whom started to run towards Tsaldari Avenue, where another group of 60 people had already assembled. There the police officers found Pavlos Fyssas injured with stab wounds.[5] While still conscious, Fyssas indicated Giorgios Roupakias, who was still on site, as the perpetrator of the attack. Roupakias was then arrested.[6] Pavlos Fyssas was transported to the General Hospital of Nikea, where he died.[6][7]

Roupakias called the central office of Golden Dawn (which is under the name of its general secretary) and it was said that he had indeed spoken with Nikolaos Michaloliakos while the latter was at his residence at the time, which was confirmed by police officers.[8] Roupakias worked in the cafeteria of the offices of the political party Golden Dawn.[9][10]

Roupakias was released from pre-trial custody in March of 2016 despite having admitted to the murder to a judge[11] after spending the legal maximum time before being proceedings. He has since been required to stay in his home except for court appearances, with armed guards keeping him both restricted and protected.

Reactions[edit]

25 September 2013: Demonstration in Athens against Golden Dawn for the murder of Pavlos Fyssas.

The murder was condemned by all parties represented in parliament,[12] including Golden Dawn, which stated through its MP, Ilias Kasidiaris, that it had no connection to the incident.[13] Fyssas' father stated angrily through a phone call on a television station that his son did not belong to any political faction. He specifically stated: "My child did not belong anywhere, they have wrongly politicized him. From the first day we have stated this. They exploit him politically. My child did not belong anywhere."[14]

In a television statement, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras asked for reactions to be calm and stated that he will stop "the descendants of the Nazis from poisoning our social life, to act criminally, to terrorize and to undermine the foundations of the country which gave birth to democracy".[15]

Following the incident, protests against Golden Dawn and the associated rise of the far right took place throughout Greece, including a protest in Athens, attended by 2,500-10,000 people, which marched towards Golden Dawn's central offices a week after the death before being violently broken up by a police force that had still left unanswered inquiries about police allegedly allowing the murder of Fyssas to take place in front of them without intervening. The police response to this protest included 34 arrests and reports of one female protestor being shot in the face at close range with a tear gas canister.[16][17][18][19] Protests also took place in cities outside Greece, including Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Nicosia.[20][21]

Anti-fascist protests staged in Greece turned violent; with police and protesters clashing in Thessaloniki and Athens.[22] Golden Dawn MPs Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panayiotaros and Nikos Michos, who had been accused of acting as intermediaries in the case, were freed after they were not indicted.[23]

On the 1st of November 2013, a shooting took place at the Golden Dawn's Neo Irakleio offices in Athens. The attack resulted in two members of Golden Dawn, Manolis Kapelonis and Giorgos Fountoulis, being killed with a third injured.

Discography[edit]

As featured performer[edit]

"Έχω" - Ανδρείκελος - Οι Παλίρροιες Των Χρόνων (The Tides Of Time) (2007)[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Helena (18 September 2013). "Greece moves to ban far-right Golden Dawn party". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Mezzofiore, Gianluca, [http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/golden-dawn-pavlos-fyssas-killah-p-stabbing-507000 September 18, 2013.
  3. ^ bbc.co.uk. 18 September 2013 musician Pavlos Fyssas death http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24141246Greek musician Pavlos Fyssas death Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 18 September 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Who was Pavlos Fyssas - What He said in an Interview (Ποιος ήταν ο Παύλος Φύσσας - Τι έλεγε σε συνέντευξή του)". Kathimerini. 18 Sep 2013. Retrieved 14 Dec 2013. 
  5. ^ Ο 34χρονος Παύλος Φύσσας δέχθηκε δολοφονική επίθεση - Ομολόγησε ο δράστης, είπε ότι, ανήκει στη Χρυσή Αυγή Skai.gr
  6. ^ a b "The Chronicle of Pavlos Fyssas' Murder (To χρονικό της δολοφονίας του Παύλου Φύσσα)". Kathimerini. 18 Sep 2013. Retrieved 14 Dec 2013. 
  7. ^ "Τηλεφώνημα σε Μιχαλολιάκο λίγο μετά τη δολοφονία Φύσσα". tvxs.gr. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Phone Call to Mihalogiakos moments after the Murder of Fyssas (Τηλεφώνημα σε Μιχαλολιάκο λίγο μετά τη δολοφονία Φύσσα)". tvxs.gr. 29 Sep 2013. Retrieved 14 Dec 2013. 
  9. ^ Ο Γ.Ρουπακιάς έπαιρνε χαρτζιλίκι από τη Χρυσή Αυγή, λέει το περιβάλλον του (in Greek)
  10. ^ Γ. Ρουπακιάς: ο δολοφόνος του Παύλου Φύσσα ήταν στην κατασκήνωση της Χρυσής Αυγής... αλλά δεν είναι μέλος! (in Greek)
  11. ^ "Giorgos Roupakis Released". Vice. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 31 Oct 2016. 
  12. ^ "Parliament: Unanimous Condemnation of the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas (Βουλή: Ομόφωνη καταδίκη της δολοφονίας του Παύλου Φύσσα)". Naftemporiki.gr. 18 Sep 2013. Retrieved 14 Dec 2013. 
  13. ^ "Βουλή: Κράτησαν ενός λεπτού σιγή στη μνήμη του Παύλου Φύσσα όταν έφυγε η Χρυσή Αυγή". Proto Thema. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  14. ^ ""The Child did not belong Anywhere" (Το παιδί δεν ανήκε πουθενά)". Star.gr. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  15. ^ "Sadness and Rage for the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas (Θλίψη και οργή για τη δολοφονία του Παύλου Φύσσα)". Euronews. September 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  16. ^ "Greece: murder of anti-fascist prompts protest". indexoncensorship.org. September 19, 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Teargas and molotov in Athens antifa protest". keeptalkinggreece.com. September 25, 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Thousands join fresh Greece protests against Golden Dawn". bbc.com. September 25, 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Greek anti-fascist rally turns violent". rt.com. September 26, 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Anti-fascist Demonstrations Around Europe for Fyssas". Greek Europe Reporter. September 19, 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "March in Nicosia in Memory of Pavlos Fyssas (Πορεία στη Λευκωσία για το θάνατο του Παύλου Φύσσα)". Nooz.gr. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Anti-fascist protests across Greece turn violent". September 18, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ "The MP Elias Kasidiaris, Elias Panayiotaros nad Nikos Michos were free". Naftemporiki.gr. 2 Oct 2013. Retrieved 14 Dec 2013. 
  24. ^ Killah P Discography at Discogs
  25. ^ OiPalirroiesTonHronon_AlbumMixtrack.mp3