Greek government-Golden Dawn nazis secret contacts revealed


This video from Greece, with English subtitles, is called Baltakos Gate. It records secret talks between Greek government representative Panagiotis Baltakos and leading Golden Dawn nazi politician Ilias Kasidiaris.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 5 April 2014 Greek government – Golden Dawn contact man revealed!

THE Secretary of the Greek government, Panagiotis Baltakos, a close aide for decades of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, has been revealed as the go-between Samaras and the fascist party of Golden Dawn.

The number two of the fascist party, Ilias Kasidiaris, speaking in the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Wednesday morning against the prosecution and imprisonment of Golden Dawn parliamentary deputies, revealed that early this year he met up with Baltakos and demanded to know why the Golden Dawn deputies were not protected by the government.

Kasidiaris passed on to the media a high quality video of his discussion with Baltakos.

Two hours later Baltakos resigned, admitting the authenticity of the video as well as another meeting with the fascist deputy Kasidiaris.

As Baltakos drafted his resignation, his son, Dimitrios-Yeorghios Baltakos, an officer of the notorious strike-breaking Special Forces of the Greek Coast Guard, attacked and assaulted three Golden Dawn deputies inside their parliamentary office in the Vouli, along with police officers seconded to his father.

The Mercantile Marine Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, ordered an investigation into Baltakos’ son and suspended him from active service.

Two weeks ago Panagiotis Baltakos, well known for his sympathies for Golden Dawn and his close ties with Greek Orthodox Church bishops, stated in a radio interview: ‘Of course I am an anti-communist, I was born one and I will die one.’

Baltakos insisted that a law should be passed by the Vouli which would make refugees liable to prosecution and immediate expulsion if a complaint against Greek Coast Guards or Greek state officials proves to be false.

In the video, Baltakos states that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was absolutely furious last December when he was informed that half of the arrested Golden Dawn deputies, including Kasidiaris, were freed.

The reason for Samaras’ anger was due to the fact that the previous day he had delivered a speech at the Jewish American congress in New York where he stated that all Golden Dawn deputies involved in illegalities had been arrested; next day Samaras found out that half of Golden Dawn deputies were freed without being charged with any offence.

According to Baltakos, Samaras then telephoned the Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and the Justice Minister Kharalambos Athanasiou and shouted at them for not imprisoning all Golden Dawn’s arrested deputies.

The Golden Dawn leader, ten deputies and 15 members of the fascist party, were arrested following the murder of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn gang in an Athens suburb on 18 September 2013.

The Golden Dawn leader and deputies have been accused of accessory to murder and for setting up a criminal gang.

It has been revealed that Golden Dawn was financed by ship-owners, night-club owners and by several bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the video, Baltakos states that the High Court investigator had no evidence against those Golden Dawn deputies that were freed.

Baltakos names both the Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou as the ones who telephoned the Greek High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, Efterpi Koutzamani, to pressure her to charge and imprison the Golden Dawn deputies.

Then Kasidiaris and Baltakos have the following dialogue as heard in the video.

Kasidiaris: ‘I had information that (High Court Director of Public Prosecutions) Koutzamani was a staunch right-winger.

Baltakos crosses himself.

Kasidaris: ‘A God-fearing woman?’

Baltakos: ‘Yes.’

Kasidiaris: ‘Then how come she did all these shameful things with Vourliotis (High Court’s investigator) concocting the investigation’s findings?’

Baltakos: ‘She was convinced by them (Ministers Dendias and Athanasiou) that they (Golden Dawn deputies) are paganists, idol-worshippers, Nazis and against Christianity.’

In separate, very brief statements last Wednesday, both Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou rejected Baltakos’ claims as ‘untrue’.

In the video, the Golden Dawnd eputy says to Baltakos: ‘Go to the Public Prosecutor and state those who set up this whole conspiracy (against Golden Dawn), that Athanasiou ordered Goutzamani, that Samaras had ordered Athanasiou and all of them must be tried; if you are a just man you must do this.’

To which Baltakos responds: ‘If I do this, a half-hour judiciary investigation would take place, which will then would be filed into the archives.’

Then Kasidiaris asks: ‘What Samaras says of all this? Is he aware of what is going on?’

Baltakos answers: ‘No, at the beginning he didn’t… now that he saw the opinion polls…he thought, as the high bourgeois he is, that what with all these terrible things (against Golden Dawn), “they would get just 2%” he said to me; but I said to him “I say they will get 20%”.’

In the video, Kasidiaris asks Baltakos: ‘who told Samaras to do all this?’

Baltakos replies that Samaras is afraid that Golden Dawn takes away voters from his party, and that leads to Opposition party SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) coming top in the opinion polls.

To this, Kasidiaris says: ‘And just because we take votes off him he is putting us in prison?’

Baltakos: ‘The ass-hole, unbelievable, unbelievable.’

Late on Wednesday, the office of the High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, that is Efterpi Koutzamani herself, charged Kasidiaris with ‘illegal tapping and use of video material.’

The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evagelos Venizelos stated that ‘all pockets adjacent ideologically or practically to the extreme right must be dealt a blow’.

The leader of the small right-wing party Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, called for the resignation of the Samaras government, while the DIMAR (Democratic Left) party deputy Yiannis Panousis called for an immediate general election.

But SYRIZA parliamentary leaders called for just a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Thus revealed and exposed stands capitalist Greek democracy and the collaboration of the highest state officials and the Prime Minister with the fascist party Golden Dawn.

See also here.

Left opposition party Syriza has overtaken main coalition party New Democracy in opinion polls following the resignation of Cabinet Secretary Panayiotis Baltakos over his claim the PM influenced a criminal probe into the fascist Golden Dawn group: here.

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Racism in Greek police, Amnesty says


This video is called Is Greece turning into Nazi Germany?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Amnesty International slams Greek police for culture of abuse and far-right hate crime leniency

Saturday 5th April 2014

Racism watchdog praises fascist Golden Dawn crackdown but says police hate crimes are on the increase

Amnesty International said on Thursday that it had found a culture of impunity and abuse within the Greek police.

It also criticised the police for inadequately responding to hate crimes and attacks by far-right groups on migrants and protesters.

Another group created to monitor hate crimes also criticised the police in a separate report.

The Racist Violence Reporting Network concluded that hate crimes by Greek police increased last year, despite a “significant decrease” in such attacks following a judicial crackdown on the fascist Golden Dawn party.

“Under no circumstances should one get the impression that Greece has adequately dealt with the problem of racist violence,” the network said.

Amnesty called on the government to fix “a range of failures undermining public confidence and generating a host of human rights violations.”

It said it had documented allegations of torture or ill-treatment during arrest and detention.

Albanian inmate tortured to death in Greek prison: here.

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Greek Golden Dawn nazi doctor convicted


This video is called Dr. Josef Mengele, the angel of death 1/6.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Greek court convicts doctor who posted ‘Jews not Welcome’ sign

Costas Kastaniotis, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, received a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

By JTA

Mar. 9, 2014 | 7:08 PM

A Greek doctor who posted a “Jews Not Welcome” sign outside his office was convicted and given a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

Costas Kastaniotis, 57, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, also was convicted of illegally possessing weapons on Friday in a court in the northern Greece city. He was fined $3,500.

Kastaniotis has appealed the sentence.

The doctor has denied posting the sign, which was written in German. However, police discovered pamphlets in his office linking him to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which is known for its Nazi swastika-like flag and Holocaust-denying leadership.

Police also found three daggers and 12 knives at his home, as well as pills without prescriptions. Two of the daggers were engraved with Nazi symbols.

The Jewish community of Thessaloniki was an important center of Sephardic Jewry for 450 years following the expulsion from Spain. It had a pre-World War II Jewish population of 55,000; now about 1,000 Jews live there.

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Drowning refugees and nazis in Greece


This video says about itself:

Greece: Families of survivors from “Greek Lampedusa” arrive

23 Jan 2014

A total of 16 Afghan and Syrian refugees arrived at the port of Piraeus, Thursday, after 12 people drowned following an incident involving the Greek coast guard pulling a refugee boat towards the Turkish coast. As the refugees arrived, they were greeted by sympathisers and protesters, some of whom holding banners comparing the incident to the tragic incident in Lampedusa, when more than 350 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy.

Refugees had tried to land their boat at Farmakonisi, a Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean. A total of three women and nine children drowned in the incident. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) has condemned the Greek coast guard following interviews with survivors, who said their boat capsized while they were being pulled back to the Turkish coast.

From I Can’t Relax in Greece blog:

Migrant drowns off Rhodes

Posted on 04/02/2014 by icantrelaxingreece

Man, believed to be Syrian, died while trying to swim ashore …

The man’s death comes two weeks to the day after a dozen people, including three women and nine children, drowned when their vessel capsized while being towed in a controversial coastguard operation near the island of Farmakonisi, also in the eastern Aegean.

Behind the Coast Guard officers and illegal ‘refoulements’, there is the government which provokes anyone seeking clarifications about the Farmakonisi affair: here.

UN’s High Commissioner Muiznieks expressed concern about the escalation of anti-migrant rhetoric in Greece: here.

The German press speaks of relations between Golden Dawn and neo-nazi organizations from the south of Germany, while it is noted that a delegation of fascist organizations participated in the Golden Dawn demonstration on the anniversary of the Imia crisis: here.

Greece’s Golden Dawn to form new party if banned from polls. Far-right activists say they will form National Dawn to contest elections if they are prevented from standing in elections: here.

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Afghan refugees say Greek government killed our children


This video, recorded in France, says about itself:

Afghan refugees in Paris speak out

19 Dec 2011

Homeless Afghan asylum seekers discuss their dangerous journeys to Europe and their desperate struggle for survival.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 27 January 2014

AFGHAN REFUGEES CLAIM THEIR BOAT WAS RAMMED BY GREEK COASTGUARD!

THREE Afghan refugees who survived last Monday’s wreckage of their boat off the Greek island of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean, emphatically and repeatedly accused the Greek Coast Guard patrol boat of ramming their boat so as to drown its passengers.

At an open air Press Conference on the pavement opposite the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Saturday, the three men, Abdul Sabur Azizi who lost his wife and child, Fada Mohammed Akhmadi, who lost his wife and three children, and Ekhsada Soufi, who lost his wife and four children, narrated the barbaric actions against them of the Greek Coast Guards that resulted in three women and nine children being drowned.

‘We were 26 persons in the boat, 23 Afghans and three Syrians. We are refugees from Afghanistan where war is fought for the last 38 years.

‘We sailed from the Turkish coast towards the Greek islands but our boat’s engine failed close to an island.

‘The Greek patrol boat appeared and we were glad that we were saved, but they did not want to save us.

‘They started shooting in the air and the Coast Guard patrol boat started ramming our boat to sink it.

‘Two Coast Guards jumped on our boat and put their guns against our necks shouting, “We will kill you! Fuck you, fuck you!” and tied a rope; they started towing us at high speed back to the Turkish coast.

‘We shouted to stop, but they increased speed and sailing in zigzags to sink our boat. Water started flooding our boat. Women and children fell off the boat and the rope was cut.

‘Women shouted “please help us’ but the Coast Guards shouted ‘fuck you’. The patrol boat started ramming our boat once again. We threw ourselves into the sea and we tried to get on the patrol boat to save ourselves.

‘But the Coast Guards started hitting us to prevent us from going onboard. Those who were still on the sinking boat cried out for life-jackets but the Coast Guard men did not give them any life-jacket.

‘The Coast Guards hit a 16-year-old Syrian boy on the head because he threw a wood plank to a woman who was struggling in the water.

‘We men managed to get hold of the Coast Guard boat but the women couldn’t make it. We saw with our own eyes our wives and children being drowned.

‘Then two boats appeared sailing towards us from the Turkish shores and the Greek Coast Guards took us onboard, otherwise they would have drowned us too. They threatened us that if we say anything they will punish us.

‘When we reach the Greek island of Farmakonisi the Coast Guard passed us on to the police who were kicking us.

‘They took us to a luxurious restaurant to show that we were treated well. But we only stayed there for a while.

‘Then they pushed us into a prison without any food or drink and we were still wearing soaked clothes.

‘Next day they interrogated us one by one always with the wrong interpreter.

‘They forced us to sign papers that we did not understand what it was written on them.

‘When a UN representative came into the room they would stop.

‘For the last two days we have been to Athens and we live in a refugee hostel but every time we go out, the Greek police are picking us up and harassing us.

‘All we ask now is for the bodies of our families to be found.

‘The Greek Merchant navy Minister M Varvitsiotis says that the Coast Guards came to rescue us. No, this is a lie, they came to drown us!

‘Let them if they can bring anyone to challenge what we are saying.

‘They (Greek Coast Guard) now say that they brought us to Greece, but if that was the case, the bodies of the drowned women and children would have been found on the Greek shore.

‘Up to now, bodies have been found only on the Turkish shore. They are lying.

‘They (Greek Coast Guard) say that we thanked them for rescuing us! How can you thank those who killed our families?’

Several speakers representing SYRIZA (the Coalition of the Radical Left), ANTARSYA (the anti-capitalist formation), trades unions, migrant organisations and civil liberties committees, demanded that the surviving refugees been given asylum and that there should be an investigation and severe punishment for those responsible for such atrocities against the refugees.

They also demanded trade union action to stop such crimes against migrants and refugees and castigated the European Union policies on migrants and refugees.

The speaker from the Community of Afghan Refugees in Greece said that there have been hundreds of drownings, ‘the whole eastern Aegean between Greece and Turkey is a cemetery,’ he said.

Such barbaric crimes as those carried out by the Greek Coast Guards, as narrated by the Afghan refugees, are a direct consequence of the EU’s policies and of the Greek parliamentary junta’s counter-revolutionary attacks on Greek and migrant workers.

These crimes are parallel to the tortures carried out by the imperialist armies in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and point out to Nazi concentration camps of mass extermination.

Following the Press Conference, over 1,000 workers, refugees, youth and unemployed marched through Athens city centre shouting, ‘Asylum to all refugees!’ ‘The Minister kills – he should resign now!’ ‘Immigrants are not the reason that we are going hungry – it’s the Prime Minister Samaras!’

and ‘Farmakonisi was not a tragedy – it was a premeditated murder by the government!’

A banner at the front of the march read ‘Fortress Europe kills even children – Locate the political and penal responsibilities now!’

While the Afghan refugees‘ press conference was on, a group of fascist Golden Dawn thugs carried out a provocation at the Keratsini working class district of the port of Piraeus.

With the police absent they attacked the offices of a left-wing organisation and tore down anti-racist and anti-fascist banners near the spot where rapper Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death by a Golden Dawn member last September.

A few hours later, hundreds of youth gathered to confront them but the fascists had disappeared.

Golden Dawn gang desecrates Fyssas memorial in Keratsini: here.

Migrants saved in Greek boat accident mourn relatives – and dispute claims. Survivors say coastguards refused to help them as vessel sank and stamped on hands of those clinging to Greek boat: here.

‘Greece’ (Human Rights Watch – World Report 2014): here.

Media interviews with asylum seekers on boats forced back to Indonesia by the Australian navy under the Abbott government’s “stop the boats” regime have confirmed earlier reports of physical assaults and abuse, with asylum seekers being beaten, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed: here.

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Greek police ordered not to stop nazis murdering anti-nazi rapper


This video from Greece says about itself:

Pavlos Fyssas murder- Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn alleged murder of leftist musician

19 Sep 2013

A group of plainclothes [police] throw stones against antifascists during a demonstration against the murder of 34 years old musician by a member of the neonazi party Golden Dawn.

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The Greek press railed on Thursday over the murder of a leftist musician by an alleged supporter of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, amid mounting calls for tighter control of the group.

“The cold-blooded murder of a citizen by a Golden Dawn supporter must awaken everyone,” liberal Kathimerini daily said in an editorial.

“There must be zero tolerance towards the criminal activity of this neo-Nazi organisation,” it said.

“The monster of Nazism kills — resist”, centre-left daily Ethnos urged Greece’s mainstream parties.

The calls came a day after police and protesters clashed as thousands demonstrated against fascism following the murder of popular hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas.

The 34-year-old was fatally stabbed in the working-class Athens district of Keratsini early on Wednesday by a 45-year-old truck driver who later allegedly confessed his Golden Dawn affiliation to police.

The victim’s family said that Fyssas and a small group of friends had been ambushed by a large gang of Golden Dawn supporters outside a cafeteria.

The killing came amid the latest wave of anti-austerity strikes in Greece, with thousands out in the streets protesting reforms the government has agreed to undertake in return for international bailout funds.

Following news of the Fyssas murder, those demonstrations quickly morphed into protests against fascism, with police firing tear gas at protesters in Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki and the western city of Patras.

Greece’s police minister, Nikos Dendias, said the government would toughen legislation on organised criminal activity to rein in Golden Dawn, which has been implicated in migrant beatings and attacks on rival party members.

Just days before Fyssas’s killing, members of the Communist party were assaulted by alleged Golden Dawn supporters whilst putting up posters in Perama, another working-class district near Keratsini.

Golden Dawn has repeatedly denied involvement in these incidents, and until now its ratings have steadily risen in a country weary of austerity and political corruption.

But its activity has exposed Greece to international criticism just four months before it assumes the rotating European Union presidency in January 2014.

On Wednesday, the leader of the Socialists and Social Democrats group in the European parliament, Hannes Swoboda, expressed his concern in view of Greece’s six-month stint as EU president.

“If the Greek government… fails to put a stop to the hate-filled behaviour of Golden Dawn… it will be an unacceptable presidency and not likely to bring any progress, either for Europe or for Greece,” he said.

From I Can’t Relax in Greece blog:

While Fyssas was being murdered, policemen were ordered not to intervene!

Posted on 26/01/2014 by icantrelaxingreece

According to fresh evidence, which aroused from police transcripts from the night that Pavlos Fyssas was murdered in Keratsini on September 18, the police motorcycle unit (Dias) that was present at the scene was ordered not to intervene. Fyssas’ girlfriend has previously testified that the police had remained inactive during the incident, despite her pleas for help.

A magistrate in Piraeus, who is investigating Fyssas’ murder, has requested the new data that are associated with the case file of the criminal organization Golden Dawn. In the transcripts, communication between Dias police unit and the police rapid response center, minutes before and after the murder, is recorded.

Among other things, a policeman is heard saying that 20 Golden Dawn members informed them that they had a conflict with anarchists. Minutes after the murderous attack and while Dias police units appear to search for possible individuals involved, the transcripts reveal that they deliberately lost them.

In the last two archives that were transcribed from the recordings, it seems that “40 individuals with helmets, screwdrivers and knives” were located at a known canteen in Haidari, where a “bloodied person was at that spot.” The transcripts end here. It remains unknown if the group in question was found and if it had any relation with Fyssas’ murder.

At the same time, from the radio communication, it arouses that Dias police unit that was at the junction of Tsaldari and Kefallinias streets has been ordered not to intervene. Minute and 34 seconds after midnight, the police operator said: “Keep your distance and keep us informed. Other units will arrive there.”

About 4 minutes later, the policemen realized that Pavlos Fyssas has been hit:

“Time 00:05:20

Crew: Operator one individual has…he is… bleeding, possibly by knife. He indicates another man (incomprehensible) that attacked him. Both men are at the location. An ambulance should come.”

Fifty seconds later, the policeman seems to be anxious and persistently demands from the Operator “that the ambulance should come quickly.”

At the same time, there are plenty of photographs added to Golden Dawn’s case file from the foreclosures that were conducted at the house of G. Patelis, boss in Golden Dawn local office of Nikaia. Among these photographs, Golden Dawn members appear to give the nazi salute and pose –even on the bed- holding guns.

Translated from Eleftherotypia’s website, 16 January 2014.

“The quality of migrants arriving in Greece is tragic,” Greek Minister of Public Order Nikos Dendias told private Skai TV on Thursday. – See more here.

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Greek nazi bites off Iranian refugee’s ear


Iranian refugee with ear bitten off

From Dawn of the Greeks blog:

Iranian man describes how ear was bitten off in racist attack in Athens

Posted on January 10, 2014 by dawnofthegreeks

Young Iranian migrant who had his ear bitten off in a suspected racist attack says the experience shows him that there is ‘no culture, no love’ in Europe

A young migrant from Iran who says he was the target of a racist attack about two months ago in central Athens has described how one of his assailants bit his ear off. In a recorded video interview with a international humanitarian aid organisation, the man, who identifies himself as Shaid, said that he was set on by three men dressed in black

the colour of the uniforms of the paramilitary thugs of the nazi party Golden Dawn

as he was speaking on the phone near Metaxourgiou Square.

“They beat me. After one of them put his hand around my neck and got me in a headlock, he bit his teeth into my ear. I was bleeding and my ear fell to the ground,” he said in a recorded video interview with Médecins du Monde.

Shaid initially was not aware of what had been done to him. He was spotted by a friend, who came to his rescue and took him – and his severed ear – to hospital, where attempts to reattach the ear failed and doctors had to remove it. After he was discharged from hospital two weeks later, he approached Médecins du Monde, which has helped him come to terms with what has happened. “All I can say to immigrants who leave their county is that things might be better for them at home. I see no civilisation in Europe. No culture, no love,” he said.

source: enetenglish

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