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Several held after far-left, far-right clash in Greece

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Greek authorities said Thursday 14 people had been arrested after far-right and far-left groups clashed in Athens on the 10th anniversary of the fatal shootings of two neo-Nazis.

Police had banned gatherings related to the deaths of two members of the Golden Dawn party. On Tuesday, they detained 21 Italian fascists who had flown to Athens to mark the occasion.

On November 1, 2013, two armed assailants riding a motorbike had shot dead 22-year-old Manolis Kapelonis and 27-year-old Giorgos Fountoulis outside the Golden Dawn offices in the Athens suburb of Neo Iraklio.

A third party member was also seriously injured in the drive-by attack. Golden Dawn, under criticism at the time for beating migrants and political opponents, turned the two men into martyrs.

Some 1,600 anti-fascist protesters staged separate demonstrations in the Greek capital on Wednesday despite the ban, police said.

Several people were arrested, accused of having attacked riot police with clubs and stones near central Victoria Square, the police said.

In another incident on the Athens subway, far-right militants clashed with far-left rivals inside the central Monastiraki station.

A online video apparently shot by the far-right assailants shows them cornering a smaller group of anti-fascists on board the train.

As bystanders flee in terror, several windows on the train are smashed and a man is shown dousing the inside of the train with a fuel container as another shouts: “Burn them.”

Police said they then intervened.

“This was a tragic, repulsive incident,” government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis told reporters Thursday, adding that the arrests had been on both sides, including the man dousing the train.

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