posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 17 June 2012, 17:33
The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party looks set to receive between 6-8% in today's Greek elections which will see it returned to Parliament. This is despite growing anger at their racism, scapegoating and violence, and the appalling studio attack on political opponents just a few days ago.
This is an astonishing rise for an openly fascist party. In 2009 Golden Dawn received just 0.29% of the vote, little more than 20,000 votes. In last month's general election their vote jumped to almost 7% (400,000 votes). While this might have dropped slightly today they have still polled enough to enter parliament.
Only a few days ago one of their leaders told a rally: "If Chrysi Avgi [Golden Dawn] gets into parliament [as polls predict], it will carry out raids on hospitals and kindergartens and it will throw immigrants and their children out on the street so that Greeks can take their place."
Welcome to the politics of austerity.
Posted: 17 Jun 2012 | There are 2 comments
Comment 1 | From: Stuyp | Date: 17 June 2012, 18:13
Unfortunately this is what happens when the poor feel that mainstream politicians no longer represent them and I think as long as the E.U continues to drag it's existence out at the expense of the lower classes violent nationalist parties will continue to grow in popularity, look at France and The Netherlands. It is a deeply disturbing trend and one the mainstream political parties should be addressing urgently before it's too late.
Comment 2 | From: Susan Moffat | Date: 17 June 2012, 18:50
This is what happens when people are firghtened and poor. Golden Dawn are preying on them in the same way as as the EDL BNP BFP and NF groups do here. Hopefully the majority of decent Greeks will campaign and remind its population of their own history and thier experiences at the hands of previous Nazi's
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