In response to the Golden Dawn patrols threatening and beating up people looking foreign (where foreign stands for Asian or African), a new movement is rising. They call themselves anti-fascist and they are organising their own motorbike gatherings and occasionally patrol the streets of central neighbourhoods in Athens where migrants live and have shops. While this spontaneous movement shows that society is reacting to austerity and the rise of the far right with solidarity towards the most vulnerable segments of society like asylum seekers and migrants, it also suggests that the situation is getting out of hand. Residents and citizens of Athens should not be afraid of fascist patrols nor look for protection by anti-fascist activists.
For a review of the anti-fascist initiatives, read HERE.