Why do Greeks support Golden Dawn

Judgment in Greece - «Golden Dawn»: Party or criminal organization?

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Violence against leftists and migrants: An Athens court clarifies whether the leadership of the fascist party belongs behind bars.

Author: Rodothea Seralidou

Petros Konstantinou has been active in the fight against the "Golden Dawn" for years. The 59-year-old Athens City Council coordinates the “Movement against Racism and the Fascist Threat”, one of the best-known Greek anti-fascist initiatives.

Since the 1990s there have been repeated attacks by the “Golden Dawn” against migrants and the left, says Konstantinou. When they entered parliament in 2012, the attacks increased - the victims mostly had no help from the police: “They not only tolerated the 'Golden Dawn', they even gave it their back. That was scandalous. " There were attacks in broad daylight in the presence of the police.

Outcry in the civilian population

"The victims who wanted to file a complaint were sent away or arrested, as they were often migrants without a residence permit," says Konstantinou. That changed only with the murder of Fyssas. The outrage in society has become too great. "There were demos and strikes, so that in the end all members of parliament of the party were arrested."

Several crimes were brought together in court: In addition to the murder of Fyssas, the attempted murder of two Egyptians and left-wing trade unionists, the question is whether the party leadership of the «Golden Dawn» founded and led a criminal organization. An accusation that the party has rejected from the start. The murders and attempted murders are individual crimes that they have had nothing to do with, according to their line of defense.

If they are not convicted, they will be able to say that it was a politically motivated charge because of their right-wing ideology
Author: Eleftheria Koumandou, Greek journalist

The 45-year-old journalist Eleftheria Koumandou is a founding member of the Golden Dawn Watch, an independent monitoring body of the criminal case against the "Golden Dawn".

For them, the murder of Fyssas is a good example of the criminal structures of the neo-fascist party: «That was the very definition of the criminal organization. It all started with an argument in a cafe. Immediately one informed the other, from the lowest to the highest to the leader of the party, Nikolaos Michaloliakos. "

Orders were given from above to meet and ambush the victim. “This was followed by a text message to the members of the region, 'everyone in the office - now'. It all happened very quickly, which shows that the Golden Dawn trained its members in it and that they learned to obey their superior, ”says Koumandou.

Today the «Golden Dawn» is no longer represented in the national parliament. An acquittal could make the neo-fascist party stronger again, says Koumandou: That is precisely why it is important that not only the perpetrators of the murders and attempted murders be convicted, but also the party leadership.

"If they are not convicted, they will be able to say that it was a politically motivated charge because of their right-wing ideology," says the trial observer. “But they were not charged with their ideology, the Greek legal system does not provide for that; they are in court for their actions. "

The politician Petros Konstantinou will also be present when the verdict is pronounced. Eleftheria Koumandou will sit in the courtroom as one of the few accredited journalists. Both hope that the trial will end with the condemnation of the "Golden Dawn".

Rendez-vous on October 5th, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

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  • Comment from René Balli (René Balli)
    Locking these people up will certainly not solve the problem; it could even cause new influx. The cause is the fear of the citizens for their home and future, because they see that the EU and the state governments do not have the problem of migration under control. Migration has to be approached with real local help by cutting off the flow of money to the corrupt governments and finally talking about family planning! Everything else is fighting the symptoms.
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    1. answer from tina nivo (Fuchsi)
      what kind of argument is that? Family planning? Excuse me, what does family planning have to do with the murder of a human and with a fascist party?
      Would you like to tell migrants how many children they have to have just because there are 1-2 children per family in the ch or neighboring countries?
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    2. answer from Cancer Alfred (A.Santiago)
      @Balli. It is tiring that salvation is always sought with family planning. But the fact that many large corporations, some of which are also based in Switzerland, exploit countries is totally forgotten. Please do not forget that a Swiss person uses many times more resources than a refugee.
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    3. answer from Rafael Wetli (Rafael Wetli)
      Do not confuse a clearly fascist party with “ordinary concerned citizens”. Those who express their opinion democratically and not in contradiction to the constitution can take part in the dialogue. In this case, the indictment is not about convictions, but about murder. A shame when you see the problem with others here.
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  • Comment from Markus Holti (M.A.Holti)
    Any kind of violence, physical or psychological, where free will is not respected, is unacceptable. Whether from the right or the left does not matter. It cannot be that right-wing violence is condemned and left chaotic people are taken under protection at the same time, or vice versa. Not only is this hypocritical, it sends false and dangerous signals. In Switzerland too, the state must act more consistently and impartially.
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    1. answer from tina nivo (Fuchsi)
      you can't compare a murder to left-wing violence. Shifting problems and facts with other things is ignorance and disrespect to the victim! Where is the decency and respect?
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  • Comment from Albert Planta (Plal)
    It is strange that a fascist party was able to establish itself in Greece. Greece suffered extremely from the fascists in WWII.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Lukas Gubser (Mastplast)
      That just comes from the fact that immigration problems are negated for years if not decades. There is more and more coming all over Europe, the more poor there are, the more extreme there will be like in the 30s.
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    2. answer from Andres Mettler (Medi)
      @ Gubser
      It is not that these "problems" are negated. There are whole professional groups that deal with immigration and integration. How privileged is their view of branding people in need of protection as problems. Then the comparison with the 30s, there was the great depression that was triggered by the economic crisis of 1929. If things go downhill again with the overheated markets, who can hold up as a scapegoat? ... Don't forget too big to fail;)
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    3. answer from Andres Mettler (Medi)
      @ Gubser
      It is not that these "problems" are negated. There are whole professional groups that deal with immigration and integration. How privileged is their view of branding people in need of protection as problems. Then the comparison with the 30s, there was the great depression that was triggered by the economic crisis of 1929. If things go downhill again with the overheated markets, who can hold up as a scapegoat? ... Don't forget too big to fail;)
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    4. answer from tina nivo (Fuchsi)
      The fascist problem seems strange to us. This has nothing to do with the refugees, this attitude has existed for a long time and not just since the refugee crisis. It would be nice if the argument that refugees didn't always come up, because that makes things much too easy for oneself.
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    5. answer from Cancer Alfred (A.Santiago)
      @Plal. There were people in every country who supported the fascists. There is always a group who want to benefit in such cases.
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