Thursday, 26 September 2013

In response to the attempt at democracy-suppression, Golden Dawn is threatening to withdraw its deputies from parliament in order to force new elections.
Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party would damage itself if it tries to force elections by walking out of parliament in a pique over a government crackdown, the country's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

Evangelos Venizelos, who is also foreign minister in a coalition government, was responding to Greek media reports that Golden Dawn, which denies a neo-Nazi label, was considering pulling its 18 deputies from the 300-seat parliament, hoping to force political change.

"This is a kind of political suicide for them," Venizelos predicted in an interview with the top editors at Reuters in New York. "It's not a threat. It's a great opportunity."

The party did not confirm any plans for a walkout on its website and did not immediately respond to calls from Reuters.

Golden Dawn entered parliament for the first time last year, capitalizing on discontent over a financial crisis that has seen incomes plummet and unemployment rise to nearly 28 percent. A fringe party until recently, it has become Greece's third most popular political force in opinion polls.

But its support dropped by a third this month after an anti-racism rapper was stabbed to death by a self-proclaimed supporter. Golden Dawn denied it had anything to do with the killing.

Greeks staged protests and the government ordered a crack-down on the party, including an investigation of any possible link to the murder. Athens fired senior police officers suspected of protecting Golden Dawn members.

Human rights groups have long linked Golden Dawn supporters, who dress in black and are often seen giving Nazi-style salutes, to violent attacks on immigrants, something the party denies.

Venizelos said the government was taking all possible legal measures against Golden Dawn, including sending police and prosecutors to investigate other possible criminal activities such as illegal fundraising and links to the underworld.

Greek media reported that Golden Dawn was considering pulling its deputies from parliament in reaction to the crackdown, hoping to force new elections, at least in some constituencies if not nationally, in order to show their standing is strong and to shake the political establishment.

Venizelos said opinion polls showed their standing had quickly declined after the killing, which had unified mainstream political parties against Golden Dawn.

A survey by the ALCO pollsters in the days after the stabbing found support for the party fell by 4 percentage points to 6.8 percent. Nearly 80 percent of Greeks said such violent acts were a threat to democracy.

Venizelos said if the far-right deputies pulled out, elections would take place in only 15 constituencies and give an opportunity for parties to present a united front.

"It's a great opportunity for the so called constitutional spectrum to organizes a unified reaction against Golden Dawn," he said.

And there are murmurings of military coups. I believe many leading members of Golden Dawn are former members of the Greek special forces.
A prosecutor in Athens has ordered an investigation into a blog post on the special forces reservists' website demanding the government and president resign and an interim government be appointed under the "guarantee" of the armed forces.

The misdemeanor court prosecutor ordered the investigation Thursday into the posting, which appeared overnight on the website of the Special Forces Reserve Union (KEED).

Apart from the government's resignation, the posting calls for Greece to withdraw from its bailout obligations, special courts be set up to prosecute those responsible for Greece's financial crisis and all property held by German companies, individuals or the state seized to pay off German World War II debts, among other things.

The posting said the "institution guaranteeing all of the above could be the country's armed forces."


Anonymous said...

Florida, USA - A murder committed by one member of an organization does not mean the entire organization is guilty of murder. The leftist in Greece are starting to feel the heat from people waking up to the message of the Golden Dawn. Typical of communists, they will try to get the courts and the law to fight their battle for them. The ruling elite are afraid, very afraid.

Anonymous said...

Golden Dawn are simply the only defenders of Greece, without them the greeks would be lost in an ocean of immigration and leftist anti-racist lunacy without hope and remedy.

The left has already lost and the so called "right" made up of soft useless "conservatives" (like Cameron, Sarkozy and the lame american republican party) are just no good.

Anonymous said...

The Left in 2013 seems to be full of young, naive students who don't know any better.
Cowardly men and feminazi's.

Golden may have its faults but it has Greece's best interests at heart.

Anonymous said...

Typical commies using the law courts rather than staving people on the streets scum. Haha!

Anonymous said...

Oh, a fight between radical far left and radical rightist left.

This is becoming interesting, i hope i don't have to wait too long until they start devouring each other.

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