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January 23, 2014

Massive photo/video collection may prove Golden Dawn to be neo-Nazi organization

  • 14k pictures of a “highly incriminating” nature were discovered on the phones and computers of two recently arrested Golden Dawn politicians and a local party branch head, including photographic evidence proving that alleged murderer Giorgos Roupakias was a member of (or affiliated with) the far-right political party. Golden Dawn has denied all affiliations with Roupakias since he told police he was a member of the organization following his arrest last year.
  • 900 videos were also discovered on the devices, some of which apparently show members of Golden Dawn receiving armed training at unspecified summer camps. The discovery is unlikely to help three members of the party who currently face charges of running a criminal organization with intent to overthrow Greece’s democratically-elected government. The party continues to deny all charges of wrong-doing, and has announced plans to sue three judicial officials who are overseeing investigations of Golden Dawn’s alleged criminal activities. source
17:48 // 2 months ago
November 2, 2013

Shootings near Golden Dawn offices stoke anger in Greece

Greece’s culture of political unrest, exemplified by the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party as well as recent actions against it, was shaken again on Friday, as two twentysomething men were killed and a third wounded near its party’s offices in a drive-by shooting. The killing comes roughly a month after a prominent anti-fascism rapper in the country was reportedly killed by a party sympathizer. Despite the political climate moving against the party, officials across the board condemned the shootings.

14:50 // 5 months ago
September 28, 2013
Number of Neo-Nazi party leaders that have been arrested in Greece this weekend: At least 17, including including party head Nikos Michaloliakos, above. The Golden Dawn leaders are accused of forming a criminal organization—not a political party—and their supporters are protesting.

Number of Neo-Nazi party leaders that have been arrested in Greece this weekend: At least 17, including including party head Nikos Michaloliakos, above. The Golden Dawn leaders are accused of forming a criminal organization—not a political party—and their supporters are protesting.

13:41 // 6 months ago
June 17, 2012

Tensions are extremely high ahead of a vote that could shape the future of a country and a currency. In an election with wide implications, the Greek people are holding parliamentary elections are really a proxy battle on the international austerity packages the country is being pushed to take by other international governments. This is actually the second round — a prior May 6 vote effectively created a stalemate due to the rise of the once-obscure Syriza party, which promises to cancel all austerity deals if elected. Above is a clip that explains exactly what’s at stake — the possible break-up of the Eurozone. And below, a couple of notable things that happened so far today:

  • one Pro-austerity and anti-austerity parties are running close, according to one early exit poll. The “pro-Europe” New Democracy party is ahead of Syriza, 29 percent to 27 percent.
  • two There have been reports of Golden Dawn party members standing outside polling stations, looking intimidating. The Neo-Nazi party had a relatively strong showing in the last election.
  • three Two hand grenades were thrown near the headquarters of a Greek television station, Skai. They did not explode. The media group has heavily favored tough austerity measures. source

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10:33 // 1 year ago
June 7, 2012

Remember Greece’s Golden Dawn political party? You know, the one with the guy who channels Hitler when he speaks, and won 21 seats in recent parliamentary elections? They’re back in the headlines again after spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris assaulted candidates from the rival SYRIZA and Communist parties during a televised debate. (Jump to 1:10 in the video. It’s crazy.) A warrant has been issued for Kasidiaris, who is also scheduled to go on trial Monday for his role in a separate mugging incident. source

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16:08 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
Greek neo-Nazi orders removal of “disrespectful” journalists
Journalists who refused to stand in respect for Golden Dawn party leader Nikolaos Michaloliako were forcibly removed from a recent press conference. Michaloliakos railed against the conservative Samaras party, illegal immigrants, and the mainstream press before heaping praise on the youth he believed responsible for Golden Dawn’s election success. “I want to dedicate this victory to all of our brave lads,” he said, continuing, “who wear the black t-shirts with the ancient letters reading ‘Golden Dawn’.”(Photo via CBC News) source
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Journalists who refused to stand in respect for Golden Dawn party leader Nikolaos Michaloliako were forcibly removed from a recent press conference. Michaloliakos railed against the conservative Samaras party, illegal immigrants, and the mainstream press before heaping praise on the youth he believed responsible for Golden Dawn’s election success. “I want to dedicate this victory to all of our brave lads,” he said, continuing, “who wear the black t-shirts with the ancient letters reading ‘Golden Dawn’.”(Photo via CBC News) source

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14:50 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2012

idroolinmysleep says: Re: Greek parliament -- you might want to note that Golden Dawn, which has 21 seats according to your chart, is a neo-Nazi party. AFP has a story on it (Google for Golden Dawn Nazi and it'll come right up).

» SFB says: We actually covered this first thing this morning, but it’s certainly worth emphasizing again. They’re on track to get 7 percent of the vote, which is fairly huge considering they got .29 percent in the prior election. Certainly not a positive development. — Ernie @ SFB

23:07 // 1 year ago
In an ironic twist of history, ‘democracy’ collapses day after day in its cradle, only to reveal itself as a bloodthirsty cacophony of exploitation, suppression and inhumanity.
Al Jazeera English columnist Nikolas Kosmatopoulos • Offering up a particularly harsh take on the state of affairs in Greece, which is holding elections today. His article’s title? “If elections could change things, they’d be illegal.” A tough title for a tough sentiment, in which Kosmatopoulos says that the rising influence of the far right has made targets of the poor and of immigrants in the country. The country, which runs on a multi-party parliamentary system, could see fringe groups, such as the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, get significant shares of the votes on Sunday. What happens to a country so battered by economic austerity that fringe groups gain significant power? Let’s hope we don’t find out.
10:33 // 1 year ago