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Greece: Offices of extreme right party attacked

Associated Press logo Associated Press 31/03/2017
Members of Golden Dawn walk outside of the main offices of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party after an attack by a group of youths in Athens, Friday, March 31, 2017. Police say several people have been detained for questioning after youths smashed a store front on the ground floor of the party headquarters in Athens and threw red paint at the entrance of the building. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) © The Associated Press Members of Golden Dawn walk outside of the main offices of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party after an attack by a group of youths in Athens, Friday, March 31, 2017. Police say several people have been detained for questioning after youths smashed a store front on the ground floor of the party headquarters in Athens and threw red paint at the entrance of the building. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

ATHENS, Greece — The main offices of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party were attacked Friday by a group of youths wielding sledgehammers, causing damage to the premises but no injuries.

Police say several people have been detained for questioning after the attack Friday. Youths smashed a store front on the ground floor of the party headquarters in Athens on a busy road during rush hour traffic, and threw red paint at the entrance of the building.

Founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, Golden Dawn came third in the 2015 general elections, with a surge in popular support during the country's major financial crisis. Party offices have been targeted in the past in bomb attacks, while two Golden Dawn members were shot dead in 2013, an attack claimed by a far-left militant group.

Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris accused the government of turning a blind eye to attacks against Golden Dawn.

"They think that with terrorism and petrol bombs they will stop Golden Dawn. Golden Dawn will not be stopped and it is the only force that is standing up to the selling out of Greece," he said.

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