ATHENS: Nine members of Greece's Communist party KKE were hospitalised on Friday in Athens after a beating blamed on neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, the party said.
The attack occurred late on Thursday in the working-class district of Perama, near the main port of Piraeus, the party said.
"It was a cowardly and murderous attack by around 50 Golden Dawn members, they wore party markings and we also saw their faces, we know who they are," local KKE official Vangelis Maroupas told Alpha Radio.
The group of 20 Communists who were putting up party posters on the street were assaulted with nail-studded clubs and crowbars, KKE said.
Maroupas said the nine victims had been discharged from hospital. No detail was given on their injuries.
Golden Dawn denied involvement and dismissed the KKE accusations as "slanderous".
"Those who have never worked a day in their lives... should not tell lies," it said.
Golden Dawn is a rising force in Greek politics, capitalising on the country's recession plight and widespread anger towards mainstream parties for failing to tackle decades of corruption.
The neo-Nazi party last year elected 18 deputies to parliament and currently ranks third in opinion polls.
It has been suspected of orchestrating attacks on migrants -- though the party has repeatedly denied this -- and several of its lawmakers are facing court action for violent behaviour.