After attacks at professional lyceums, Police probes seven extreme right groups in Thessaloniki

There is a total of seven extreme-right groups that have been identified in Greek Police probes that are active in Thessaloniki, with a total of about 5,000 members or supporters.

In the aftermath of last week’s shocking attacks by members of extreme-right and fascist organisations at Thessaloniki professional lyceums (EPAL), Greek Police is putting together the pieces of the puzzle of their expansive activity in Greece’s second largest city and their links to other far right groups throughout Greece and abroad.


The “Holy Battalion” (which stands for Greek racial superiority), The “Sacred Band”, which is active throughout Northern Greece, the “Autonomous Nationalists of Thessaloniki (that identifies ideologically with the Athens organisation “Combat 18”, which is responsible for 15 arson attacks in the capital), and “Vanguard Hellas”, which has extreme right members linked to the now defunct “Ideopolis Circle”, which ceased activity in 2018, are the top groups operating in the northern port city.


There is a total of seven extreme-right groups that have been identified in Greek Police probes – revealed in the Sunday edition of To Vima – and that are active in Thessaloniki, with a total of about 5,000 members or supporters