ATHENS, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Greek left-wing party member was killed Wednesday, allegedly by a far-rightist, in an alarming escalation of the country's political violence, local media reported.
The 34-year-old victim, from the left-wing party Antarsia, died in hospital after being attacked in a suburb of Piraeus port, southeast of Greece.
The man was stabbed in the chest during a brawl outside a cafeteria, which reportedly started as an argument over a football game and ended in a heated clash over politics between he and his five friends, and a group of about 25 people, police sources said.
The police detained a 45-year-old suspect armed with a knife and believed to belong to the far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party.
Antarsia's initial reaction was to state its deceased member was targeted by neo-Nazis because of his anti-fascist stance, and to call for a protest.
Meanwhile, Golden Dawn spokesperson Elias Kassidiaris denied allegations that the suspect belongs to the party, claiming Golden Dawn is not linked to such attacks and thus is a victim of slander.
Last week, in another Piraeus port suburb, nine members of the Greek Communist party were slightly injured in an attack by a group of far-right members. Golden Dawn denied involvement.
The far-right party has been accused of orchestrating attacks on migrants and left-wing members, and several party lawmakers are facing court action for violent behavior.
The party entered the Greek parliament for the first time in last year's general elections, gaining 7 percent of the vote and 18 seats in the 300-member chamber, capitalizing on Greeks' anger at the pain caused by austerity policies introduced since 2010 to counter the debt crisis.
Most opinion polls in recent months have shown that the party, known for populist and xenophobic rhetoric, would gain more than 10 percent of votes if elections were held today.