The extremism of Greece’s centre ground

Golden Dawn has become a useful tool in the hands of those who try to equate neo-Nazism with the anti-bailout movement. by Aris Chatzistefanou Walter Benjamin once said that “every fascism is an index of a failed revolution”. In that sense, the election of 21 members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to the Greek parliament could … Continue reading

It’s not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism

by LAURIE PENNY Actual fascists in actual black shirts are waving swastikas and murdering ethnic minorities in Athens. “After the immigrants, you’re next.” That’s what was written on flyers that appeared this week in the gay clubbing district of Athens. As violence against immigrants and ethnic minorities escalates across Greece, supporters of the ultra-right Golden Dawn … Continue reading

Golden Dawn threatens hospital raids against immigrants in Greece

Far-right party says it will throw immigrants and their children out on the street, as some hospitals run short of supplies by Helena Smith In an atmosphere that has become increasingly electric before Greece‘s crucial election, the far-right Golden Dawn has ratcheted up the rhetoric by threatening to remove immigrants and their children from hospitals and … Continue reading

Greeks protest against violent neo-Nazi MP on the run

Golden Dawn spokesman who assaulted leftwing politicians evades arrest as protesters denounce fascism. by Helena Smith Protesters across Greece poured on to the streets of cities Friday night, denouncing the “dark force” of fascism as the spokesman of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party continued to elude arrest more than 24 hours after his extraordinary on-screen assault of two female … Continue reading

Greece election debate turns violent

Greece’s heated election campaign has turned ugly on live TV, with a spokesman for the far-right party Golden Dawn physically assaulting two left-wing deputies during a morning political show. A public prosecutor ordered Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris’ immediate arrest after Thursday’s incident. Tempers frayed on the political show on the private Antenna television station … Continue reading

Neo-Nazi Greek party threatens journalist

Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn), which won 6.97% of the votes and 21 seats in the Greek parliament in Sunday’s parliamentary elections (see background), has made intolerable death threats against Xenia Kounalaki, the editor of the foreign news desk of Kathimerini, Greece’s leading broadsheet, unleashing a wave of reactions on the resurgence of neo-Nazi extremism. On 12 April, Kounalaki wrote an op-ed, arguing that the Greek … Continue reading

Neo-Nazi party has election breakthrough in Greece, leader warns ‘time for fear

Fed-up Greek voters took to the polls Sunday to deliver a devastating blow to the political establishment and made hard turns to both the far-left and the far-right, with both a Communist Party and a Neo-Nazi party winning a significant number of seats. Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn won its first seats in the Greek … Continue reading

Fascism rises from the depths of Greece’s despair

It started, as many days do in Greece, with a trip to the kiosk to buy cigarettes. Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads. It was his first direct contact with the vigilante groups that have become a feature of everyday … Continue reading

A gain for Golden Dawn would be a dark day for Greece

“Why should they vote for us? Because they have nothing better,” saysNikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of a Greek far-right party that a decade ago was widely perceived as an illegal, fascist organisation but now stands a very good chance of making it into the Greek parliament. According to most of the published polls, Chrysi Avgi, or Golden Dawn, … Continue reading