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Greece Golden Dawn Attack: Anti-Immigrant Party Office Firebombed September 5, 2012

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Greece Golden Dawn Firebombed

Authorities say arsonists have firebombed an Athens office of a far-right, anti-immigrant party, a day after the suspected racist murder of an Iraqi man in the Greek capital.

The fire brigade says nobody was hurt in Monday’s attack on the Golden Dawn facility in the central Pangrati area. The assailants escaped arrest.

The party, which rejects the neo-Nazi label, won 18 of the Greek Parliament’s 300 seats in June elections by running on an anti-immigration, nationalist platform.

Debt-crippled Greece is the European Union’s main entry point for illegal immigrants.

The government has sought to blunt Golden Dawn’s rising influence by placing illegal immigrants in detention camps pending their deportation.

The party’s ascendance has been coupled with growing reports of attacks on immigrants. The Iraqi’s attackers remain at large and unidentified.

Golden Dawn invites men to join security brigades in Peloponnese September 5, 2012

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A branch of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi), in the Greek southern Peloponnese, is considering establishing a security brigade in a village with a large Roma camp.

A party member of Golden Dawn has issued an invitation through local media for “men aged 15 to 70 to be alert and join forces” in the village of Oichalia, Messinia, Ekathimerini reported. The ex-police officer is potentially recruiting men to form a security brigade.

The choice of Oichalia is significant as the village has a large Roma camp whose inhabitants are responsible for a crime surge in the area. Digital Journal spoke to a local Greek businessman who had information from the police in the area pertaining to Roma crime, and the reasons why police action is futile.

Homes and land in the area are frequently robbed, and cars stolen to be sold on as scrap metal. Petty crime is rife, along with begging and harassment. However, any attempt to arrest Roma perpetrators are thwarted by the mass arrival of armed Roma at the scene. Up to 100 armed gypsies arrive at the scene if police, who have limited man-power, attempt to make an arrest, outnumbering police and outranking them in fire power.

The village of Oichalia is close to Meligalas, a town of considerable historical significance. During World War 11 Greek communists massacred 1,400 civilians. Each year members of Golden Dawn make an annual pilgrimage to the well of Meligala (To πιγαδα tou Μελιγαλάς) to pay tribute to those executed in themassacre. Now there is a sense the area is being desecrated by foreign Roma who have no respect for Greek culture and traditions. Local residents, constant victims of Roma crime, are powerless to protect themselves, hence the call for Golden Dawn to provide some kind of security.

Ekathimerini reported Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias ordered a Roma camp in western Athens to be cleared following a fire caused by gypsies burning electrical cables. Locals had protested that the burning of cables, which is a constant feature in the camp, produces toxic fumes. Dendias has set in motion an operation to deport the approximately 400 Albanian Roma who were in Greece illegally. Following a police operation to clear the camp, sanitation squads were sent in.

In June Digital Journal reported that an armed Roma mob attacked a public bus near their camp in Athens, injuring six policemen in the ensuing violence. Meanwhile Xprshavgh reports two physical attacks in the pursuit of robbery against Greek citizens in Patra by Roma. Alarmingly, a Norweigan tourist was also attacked and robbed by five gypsies.

 

Greece’s Golden Dawn isn’t a political party – it’s more like a criminal gang September 5, 2012

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The thuggish members of Golden Dawn, with their neo-Nazi ties and attacks on immigrants, should be banned from parliament

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party sing the national anthem during a rally. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters
The Greek far-right party Golden Dawn has been flirting with an “outlaw” rhetoric lately. Appealing to a disgruntled electorate, its MPs constantly try to point out that the Golden Dawn is unlike any other political party in Greece. They are right in this respect. In fact, they are not a party at all: they are acting like a gang of criminal thugs, and it should not be beyond the pale to declare their organisation as such.

“We feel disgusted in the parliament,” said their leader, Nikos Mihaloliakos, in a speech to his followers on 25 August. “If they want us to, we can abandon it at any given moment and take to the streets. There, they shall see what the Golden Dawn is really about, they will see what battle means, they will see what struggle means, they will see what bayonets sharpened every night mean”. Holding torches, they shouted “blood, honour, Golden Dawn” – a direct translation from the German “Blut und Ehre”, the motto once carried by the Nazi SA. “It’s you who are our Storm Detachments (Sturmabteilung). Let them come after you!” he continued, in his usual Nazi-inspired terms. Singing their official hymn “Raise the flags high” – again, a direct translation of the Nazi stormtroopers hymn “Die fachne hoch” – young men and women call for open, violent conflict both with the state and with any opponents on the ground.

An organisation with explicit ties to neo-nazism, advocating violence and attacking immigrants and anti-racist marches in the street: does this sound like a legitimate democratic party?

It’s not unusual for far-right parties to use populist rhetoric to persuade their followers, and for very specific reasons: despite their claims to abhor the parliamentary system, they seem comfortable enough taking advantage of the privileges Greek MPs enjoy, including immunity from prosecution. Several Golden Dawn MPs are awaiting trial for crimes, ranging from armed robbery to severe bodily harm. The now infamous Golden Dawn MP and spokesman Illias Kasidiaris is wanted not just for attacking two leftwing MPs on live television – images of which were seen around the world – but also for accessory to robbery, bodily harm and illegal gun possession. His trial for the later offences was to take place on 3 September, but he used his parliamentary privilege to have it postponed.

Kasidiaris is by no means an isolated case of thuggery. Only a few hours before the severe beating of four Egyptian fishermen in Crete’s Perama, Ioannis Lagos, another Golden Dawn MP, proclaimed “Egyptian fishermen will be held accountable by the Golden Dawn, and by the Greek people for their activity” in a speech he gave there. Inciting racial violence would be, of course, illegal in Greece, but he wasn’t prosecuted. A few days ago, inside the parliament this time, Golden Dawn MP Dimitris Koukoutsis allegedly violently attacked two leftwing MPs and the president of the Pakistani community in Greece, Javet Aslam. The case is still open.

The Golden Dawn makes a mockery of the Greek history it claims to venerate. It does this by disrespecting every democratic principle we Greeks, as a nation, should be proud to uphold. But its MPs never go so far as to quit their parliament seats. Mihaloliakos and his followers seem to be quite comfortable in taking advantage of the exposure their party is currently enjoying, as well as the extra funding for their well-oiled PR machine. They thrive inside the very system they claim to despise.

By swearing on using violence against anyone they deem unworthy, the Golden Dawn is not unlike a criminal syndicate. It should no longer be treated as a legitimate political party. Even if it means they are temporarily shot up to “hero” status, they have to be banned from the political process. The fact that it was provided with this platform was wrong in the first place. Now we must have the courage to ban it from parliament. Allowing messages of hate to be broadcast day and night while we look from afar, heads nodding as our society implodes, is inexcusable. We simply can’t allow immigrants to be brutally beaten and stabbed in our streets every day.

Mihaloliakos says he feels disgusted and uncomfortable being inside the Greek parliament. Well Mr Mihaloliakos, the feeling is mutual.

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn MP wants his parliamentary immunity to be lifted September 4, 2012

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Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, who won a parliamentary seat in this year’s elections, has requested that his parliamentary immunity from prosecution be lifted.
Ilias Kasidiaris is the Golden Dawn MP who sprang to international attention when he assaulted a female Communist MP on a live television show. Prior to his election to parliament Kasidiaris faced charges over an incident in 2007, and was due to stand trial on September 3.
However, Greek politicians stand immune from prosecution under a law initiated by PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos. The immunity applies to Kasidiaris even though he was not an MP in 2007. During Golden Dawn’s election campaign they favored the withdrawal of immunity from prosecution for all MPs.
According to Xryshaygh Kasidiaris filed a request for a waiver of parliamentary immunity to the president of parliament on July 12, followed by a similar request to the prosecution. The document stated “In view of the upcoming trial of the One before my felony Appeal heard on September 3 wish, as I have stated publicly, the lifting of parliamentary immunity in so that I do not intend to use My right provided by law. “
Kasidiaris denies any involvement in the case he was scheduled to stand trial for on Monday. Athens News reported he is accused “of assisting in a robbery, unprovoked grievous bodily harm, illegal weapons possession” by providing the getaway car used by five assailants accused of stabbing a student.
To Vima reports that the prosecution has rejected Kasidiaris’s request to have his immunity lifted and recommended that the ban on Kasidiaris leaving the country be lifted.

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