The Greek ruling class is keen to deflect people’s anger at the cuts and the crisis towards migrant workers. But it doesn’t always get its own way.
Anti-racists and Senegalese groups were set to protest on Thursday of this week after a street vendor was killed by a train while fleeing police.
“We accuse the authorities of murder, and demand they stop these racist attacks,” said Petros Constantinos of the Keerfa anti-racist and anti-fascist coalition.
Meanwhile some 3,000 nationalists held an annual rally in Athens on Saturday.
They were marking the anniversary of a deadly skirmish between Greek and Turkish forces in 1996.
They included members of the Golden Dawn and Laos fascist parties.
Golden Dawn is a serious threat in Greece, but the Nazis face constant opposition.
“We are not facing a fascist coup in Greece,” said Petros. “The Independent newspaper ran an article about Golden Dawn building in schools.
“But they have a lot of problems when they try to do that openly.”