On November 1st, 2023, in Athens, the fascists suffered a huge defeat. Their planned pan-European neo-Nazi gathering was cancelled due to the pressure of the antifascist movement. They were not able to march, but the antifascist movement did.
This was the culmination of an important antifascist campaign, led by the Antifascist Coordination of Athens and Piraeus, which was able to corner and marginalise the neo-Nazi groups.
But the far right and the fascists are still active. In Greece, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn arose from the shadows to being the 3rd political party during the debt crisis. After the killing of the rap singer Pavlos Fyssas and the continuous mobilisations of the antifascist movement, they were declared a criminal organisation in 2020. But even after this historic defeat, they are currently trying to regroup.
What led to the meteoric rise of a fringe neo-Nazi party and what were the causes of its downfall? Was this due to some Greek peculiarity or are there similar trends in other countries?
How can we combat the far-right in its different forms and expressions? What is the most efficient approach to the antifascist struggle?
What happened in Athens on November 1st, and how did the antifascist movement secure this victory?
Hear us discuss these issues with Nikos Anastasiadis from Greece, an active participant in the antifascist movement and a member of Xekinima.