Athens far-right city councillor gives Nazi salute at municipal meeting

ATHENS, Greece — Athens’ new Socialist mayor is criticizing a far-right city councillor for giving a Nazi salute during a council meeting.

Mayor Giorgos Kaminis on Tuesday condemned the gesture, which was made at a meeting at Athens City Hall and shown on Greek television and posted on the Internet.

Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of the far-right group Chrysi Avgi, which has been linked to violent attacks against immigrants in Athens, was seen giving the salute Monday during a heated exchange with a left-wing city councillor.

The group staged a violent anti-immigrant demonstration over the weekend.

Kaminis and the new city council were voted in on November 7-14 local elections and sworn in on Dec. 29.

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