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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Greece's Golden Dawn vows to run in election despite crackdown

Supporters of Golden Dawn Party shout slogans during a rally against plans for the
 construction of the first official mosque in Athens.

Greeks Crackdown on Democracy
  • Interesting.  If you dare to oppose unlimited Muslim immigration and believe that your nation, language and culture have a right to exist then you are called a "racist" and the Socialistic ruling elites try to crush you.
  • So-called "mainstream" European (an American) political parties refuse to address the immigration and debt concerns of the average voter.  The answer of the Greek elites is to ignore the issues, jail the opposition members of Parliament and ban their party.

(Reuters News)  -  Greece's nationalist Golden Dawn Party will find a way to contest local and European elections in May despite a crackdown on the party, a senior lawmaker told a defiant crowd of a few thousand supporters in central Athens.

Golden Dawn's leader and five other lawmakers are in jail due to an investigation into whether it is a criminal organisation, but it remains Greece's third most popular party.

The fate of the party is being closely watched ahead of the May vote - where it is expected to perform strongly due to a wave of anger against government cuts - amid speculation of new efforts to rein in the group, which denies it is neo-Nazi reports Reuters News.
Communist Party of Greece
The Greek ruling elites have no problem
with having 12 Communists in
Parliament.  But if you are an anti
immigration nationalist they want
to ban your political party.
Greek Communist Party
"We will participate in the elections, one way or another," Ilias Kasidiaris, the most prominent public face of the party since its leader's arrest, told about 3,000 supporters rallying in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1996 dispute over an islet that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war.

Two opinion polls published last week showed the party would get 8.9 to 10.3 percent of the vote if elections were held now.

Kasidiaris, who plans to run for Athens mayor in May, suggested that a new party, National Dawn, could replace Golden Dawn if it was prevented from running in the election.

"Greek nationalists who have not been involved in criminal organisations, who have no criminal record have founded a new patriotic party, the National Dawn," Kasidiaris said in a sarcastic reference to accusations against the party.

"They put us in jail. And what happened? Did we falter? No, we did not," he said. "We are stronger, we are more powerful and in a short time we will be in power."

Black-clad supporters waved Greek flags and unfurled a banner with the face of leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and chanted "traitors" against the government. Some handed out leaflets advertising National Dawn.

Golden Dawn entered parliament for the first time in 2012, tapping resentment against illegal immigrants and politicians blamed for a crisis that has forced thousands out of work and plunged the economy into a six-year recession.

Six of the party's 18 lawmakers including Mihaloliakos are in pre-trial detention over a probe into Golden Dawn and a string of attacks against immigrants and political opponents.

Greece: Golden Dawn supporters gather for mass rally
Hundreds of supporters of far-right political party Golden Dawn gathered in front of the Club of Military Officers in Athens on Saturday for a memorial ceremony for three Greek soldiers killed during a territorial dispute with Turkey in 1996.

Golden Dawn supporters waved Greek flags, held torches and chanted slogans such as "foreigners out of Greece" and "punk, traitor Samaras". The party's spokesperson Ilias Kasidiaris addressed the crowd and chanted the slogan "this land does not belong to you".

Greek Golden Dawn Party holds Athens rally 

Members of the nationalist Golden Dawn Party chant the national anthem in front of the Greek parliament in central Athens on May 29, 2013, during a rally marking the anniversary of the fall of Christian Constantinople to an attack by the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1453.
(Picture: STR / AFP)

Parliament of the Hellenes
Warning to American readers.  Please do not be confused by this election chart showing many different political parties representing all factions of society in the Greek Parliament.  This is something called a free election.  Free elections used to exist in the United States, but today you can only read about them in history books.
Don't worry, that unsettling feeling that you are being screwed will soon pass and you will forget this article ever existed.  You can then return to your fantasy world and believe that American elections are free and not run by and for Washington D.C. special interest groups.
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