In a democracy, which Greece is supposed to have, talking about banning an elected political party is a difficult issue. However, action taken to ban a “party” that rode in on a campaign that promised to “rid Greece of this filth” (referring to immigrants) and whose “MPs” have been filmed smashing up market stalls of immigrants, screaming homophobic and racist obscenities, urinating on a TV station entrance in protest at showing Turkish soap operas, assaulting other MPs, giving Nazi salutes and denying the holocaust, is absolutely legitimate.
The list of affronts to decency and democracy are well-documented. The incitement of hatred and violence is clear cut. Scores of violent assaults on immigrants and several homophobic attacks have been carried out in the name of Golden Dawn.
They have yet to stand up and condemn these attacks. All they will say is that they personally did not do them. Even an idiot can see that their virulent hate speech and talk of “invaders” and “filth” and “sub-humans” (and these are their “MPs” saying this) has inspired these daily assaults on citizens of this country and that those who carry them out are doing so in their name.
Greece has adequate legal grounds to outlaw Golden Dawn or any other political organization found to be engaging in racially motivated crimes, Europe’s human rights watchdog suggests in a leaked report set to be formally released on Tuesday.
Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, compiled the report following his visit to Greece between January 28 and February 1.
Sources said the report links several incidents of racist violence and hate crimes to supporters, members and deputies of Golden Dawn, which is described in the document as a “neo-Nazi party.”
Read the whole article at Kathimerini