Today is a momentous day for all have us who have been horrified by the rise of the Nazi “party” Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi).
In the last elections, 18 members were elected into parliament. They went from 0.28% of the vote to around 7%. After the election, support for this criminal organisation rose to around 12%. A shocking and frightening figure. All along, reports of the criminal activities of Golden Dawn have been dribbling out; attacks against immigrants (around 900 in the last few years), attacks against gay people, “lefties”, journalists and so on. Ordinary people sitting at their keyboards were posting pictures and videos of these MPs committing criminal acts; demanding to see the IDs of random people, smashing up the market stalls of immigrants, having hideously racists and homophobic rants on camera.
I have sat and watched and written and ranted in disbelief that this “party” has got away with violence and hatred towards hundreds of people and nothing has been done. On the 18th September 2013, a Golden Dawn supporter murdered a well-known anti-fascist rapper called Pavlos Fysass. There was evidence that this was a hit organised by the “party”. People were shocked and support declined overnight. Since then, the “party” has been backpedaling like mad but the overwhelming evidence against them finally caught up this morning.
Their leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, along with “MPs” Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panagiotaros and Ioannis Lagos, the general secretary of Golden Dawn’s Nikea chapter Nikos Patelis and several other prominent members, have been arrested. The case against them seems to support the idea that they are a criminal organisation. If that is the case, Golden Dawn can be removed from parliament.
This is a very good day for all of us who have fought peacefully against this murderous and hateful “party”. As I write this, my hope is soaring. Can we dare to believe that this is really the end of Golden Dawn?
For more on the “MPs” of Golden Dawn, read here or do a search on this site for “golden dawn”.
Updates to follow as events unfold….