Greek nazis’ anti-refugees violence


This video says about itself:

8 July 2013

Thug Politics – Greece: The rise of the Golden Dawn political party, they claim they are saving modern Greece, but are they preaching a neo-nazi ideology?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Greece: Fascist attack on school preparing for refugees

Thursday 19th January 2017

GREEK trade unions have condemned Tuesday’s attack by Golden Dawn fascists on a primary school meeting to prepare for the reception of 27 refugee children.

The thugs stormed the Iconio primary school in the Perama district of the port city of Piraeus, outside Athens.

Communist trade union front Pame said they were led by a Golden Dawn MP accused of involvement in the murder of anti-fascist campaigner Pavlos Fyssas.

“The Piraeus workers and the whole country have accepted the refugee children in schools alongside their own children,” a statement on behalf of nine Pame affiliates in the city read.

“The vast majority of people understand that the refugees are forced to leave their countries,” it said.

“We urge every parent to isolate the neonazi criminals.

“We call on the workers of the Piraeus region to welcome the refugee children like our own, and to strengthen our struggle against war.”

Greek nazis’ anti-refugee violence


This video from Greece says about itself:

Scuffles on Chios over overcrowded migrant camp

15 September 2016

A demonstration [by Golden Dawn neonazis] against the Greek government’s handling of the migrant crisis turned violent on the island of Chios on Wednesday night (September 14).

The Golden Dawn nazis bring reinforcements from elsewhere in Greece to Chios for their anti-refugee violence. They even bring reinforcements from other countries: a delegation of politicians of the Belgian extreme right Vlaams Belang party joined Golden Dawn on Chios during the violence. Vlaams Belang MP Filip Dewinter did a speech at a Golden Dawn meeting on Chios.

By John Vassilopoulos:

Greek fascists attack refugee camp

24 November 2016

Dozens of refugees were forced to flee the Souda refugee camp on the island of Chios last Thursday after a brutal attack by Golden Dawn members.

According to reports, the attack began at around 9:30 pm and lasted until the early hours of the morning. The fascists threw petrol bombs, large boulders and fireworks into the camp from surrounding elevated areas. A 42-year-old Syrian man was assaulted and a Nigerian boy was injured by one of the rocks. Three tents were burnt down and three more were damaged.

Afraid to return to the camp, the refugees that fled slept at the fishing market that night when temperatures dropped to 8 degrees Celsius. Many were still there three days later, according to reports.

On learning of the attacks, a group of aid workers rushed to help the refugees. One of these, Alexandros Panagiotakis, told CNN Greece that the group “came upon around 150 migrants at the fish market where they had sought safety from the far-right attackers. [Another aid worker and I] went to get our cars so that we could transport the migrants to a safer place.”

On their way to get their cars Panagiotakis and his colleague were set upon by a mob of 30 Golden Dawn members, who attacked them verbally and physically. “They threw us down and started to kick and swear at us,” said Panagiotakis. “They stopped only when a riot police squad arrived. They hit me on my sides and legs and the girl [the other aid worker] was semi-conscious. We were taken immediately to hospital.”

Similar attacks had taken place the previous evening, when Golden Dawn members armed with makeshift clubs and crowbars attacked refugees outside the Souda refugee camp while large stones were also thrown into the camp. According to reports a 25 year-old Algerian man is still in intensive care after being hit in the head.

In covering the events, the media lay the blame on the refugees by claiming that the troubles on Wednesday evening began after a group of migrants broke into a fireworks shop and then reportedly proceeded to set them off towards police and local residents. Refugees who spoke to Greek daily I Efimerida Ton Syntakton (Ef.Syn.) paint a different picture and claim that the trouble started two hours before when a group of locals attacked a group of Algerians sitting at the Chios public park. “The group had firecrackers and started to throw them [at the refugees] for no reason,” said a Syrian refugee.

The wave of violence was in fact stoked by the visit of Golden Dawn MPs Ilias Kasidiaris and Yiannis Lagos to Chios on Tuesday, where they spoke at a public meeting that evening calling for mass deportations of all refugees and migrants. This was part of a wider tour with a similar event taking place on the neighbouring island of Lesbos. Kasidiaris and Lagos were accompanied by a delegation of parliamentarians from Belgium, members of the Flemish far-right Vlaams Belang party.

There are currently more than 16,000 refugees and migrants being detained in refugee camps on Greek islands in the Aegean, while existing infrastructure is only adequate for around 7,500 people. The overwhelming majority have fled from the imperialist-driven conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Chios alone there are 4,000 refugees and migrants–nearly four times more than the current capacity.

Overcrowding is directly linked to the March agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which stipulates that Turkey take back all refugees who come across the Aegean to Greece. As a result, refugee camps in Greece have become internment camps of people–most of whom are destined to be deported back to Turkey after their cases have been assessed. The process is extremely slow, and meanwhile arrivals continue to flow in, which places even more pressure on existing infrastructure. According to figures from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), nearly 3,000 people crossed into Greece from Turkey in the last four weeks alone.

The Golden Dawn meetings sought to exploit tensions among sections of the local population, partly due to the increase in petty theft as a result of the economic desperation of the migrant and refugee population and partly due to the effects the refugee crisis has had on the tourist industry, the backbone of the local economy. Their timing was also designed to cause maximum provocation, given that they coincided with the commemoration of the student uprising against the military junta on November 17, 1973.

A counter-protest was held that same evening in Chios, with around 200 people holding a march through the island’s main town towards the Grecian Castle Hotel where the Golden Dawn meeting was taking place. The demonstrators’ path was blocked by riot police.

According to various accounts from eyewitnesses, the attacks on Wednesday and Thursday were carried out under the nose of the police, despite their having been officially placed on high alert since the Golden Dawn meeting on Tuesday. Riot police only intervened to stop Thursday’s attacks on the camp in the early hours of the morning, after they had gone on for five hours. There was a notable delay in police intervening in the attack on the two aid workers, which took place a few metres away from two patrol cars.

Tolerance of far-right attacks by the Greek police, delaying intervention or letting perpetrators get away, is a common occurrence. Golden Dawn enjoys substantial support among officers, especially in riot police units. Three years ago rapper Pavlos Fyssas was murdered in Keratsini by a Golden Dawn member while police stood near-by and did nothing.

The police have arrested none of the perpetrators. The only people arrested so far were 37 refugees and three foreign aid workers during the altercations on Wednesday evening.

In a speech to his parliamentary group, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos openly defended the attacks while railing against the “progressive journalists of this country who lay the blame at the door of far-right elements.” He added, “You know what? Yes! For them every Greek that resists is a Golden Dawn member. For us that’s a badge of honour. Golden Dawn is the national defence of Greece.”

Like their far-right counterparts throughout Europe, Golden Dawn has been emboldened by the victory of the fascistic Donald Trump in the United States—which Michaloliakos referred to in his speech as “a true victory against globalisation.”

Refugee mother and children die in fire in Lesbos refugee camp: here. And here.

Flemish neonazi Dewinter supports Greek Golden Dawn neonazis


Vlaams Belang MPs meet Greek Golden Dawn nazis

This photo from Greece shows MPs of the racist Belgian political party Vlaams Belang meeting with Greek Golden Dawn nazis at a Golden Dawn office.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Dewinter criticized because of speech at Golden Dawn‘s

Today, 17:19

The Flemish nationalist party Vlaams Belang MP Filip Dewinter has been reprimanded for his speech for the far-right Greek party Golden Dawn. …

Two fellow Vlaams Belang MPs who were also at the Golden Dawn meeting, Anke Van dermeersch and Jan Penris were also reprimanded. Van dermeersch was also expelled from the party executive. …

According to party chairman Van Grieken the MPs had gone to Greece to see the effects of mass immigration, he said to the Flemish broadcaster VRT. The politicians visited the islands of Lesvos, Kos and Chios, where many refugees arrive.

The party chairman claims, however, not to have known that Dewinter on Chios would do the speech at a meeting of Golden Dawn. …

The Belgian media have published photos in which the prominent members of Vlaams Belang pose at the headquarters of Golden Dawn. Also on social media one could see that the Vlaams Belang MPs had a meeting with members of the Golden Dawn party, which is strongly opposed to immigration.

Of the delegation that traveled to Greece Van dermeersch was the only member of the party executive. She remains a member of the Flemish Parliament. Penris and Dewinter remain parliamentarians as well. The party can not deprive them of their jobs.

So, apparently party Chairman Van Grieken now prefers dog-whistle fascism, as better public relations and less likelihood of problems with anti-discrimination laws in Belgium, to the open fascism of Vandermeersch, Dewinter, Penris and Golden Dawn (though Van Grieken himself a few years ago established links with the German NPD neonazis). Will ex-Vlaams Belang party leader Dewinter now split the party into two?