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October 11, 2013 7

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Expands Presence in U.S.

Amer­i­can mem­bers of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party of Greece have cre­ated two new chap­ters in the United States since estab­lish­ing a New York chap­ter about a year ago. One new chap­ter is in Los Ange­les and the other calls itself the Regional League of the West­ern States USA.

Members of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

Mem­bers of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

The chap­ters are part of Golden Dawn North Amer­ica, which “sup­ports the ideas and goals of the Golden Dawn Party in Greece.”  In Sep­tem­ber, the Greek gov­ern­ment arrested a num­ber of lead­ers of the anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party in Greece.  The arrests came after an indi­vid­ual believed to be a mem­ber of the group allegedly killed an anti-racist rapper.

Golden Dawn’s New York Divi­sion appears to be the most active chap­ter and the only one in the U.S. that posts mate­r­ial on its blog in Eng­lish.  A sec­tion of the blog asks sym­pa­thiz­ers to donate food and gift cards to help “Greek babies.”

The chap­ter has also posted arti­cles attack­ing Jews, includ­ing one on Octo­ber 10 about the rela­tion­ship between Greece and Israel. The arti­cle claims that “Jews were so com­fort­able in recent decades with the cor­rupt polit­i­cal sys­tem and it served their inter­ests per­fectly.  Now they have begun to trem­ble in fear because of the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.”   The arti­cle ref­er­ences ear­lier pieces that accuse “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” of exploit­ing Greece and its energy sources.

Some Amer­i­can neo-Nazis and other white suprema­cists have expressed sup­port for Golden Dawn. Rocky Suhayda of the tiny Amer­i­can Nazi Party claims to be in touch with Golden Dawn rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The web­site of the National Social­ist Move­ment, another neo-Nazi group, directs peo­ple to the blog of the New York Divi­sion of Golden Dawn.

Craig Cobb, a white suprema­cist who is try­ing to set up a white enclave in Leith, North Dakota by buy­ing up plots of land, has report­edly said that he would offer one of those plots to Golden Dawn.

Many Greek-Americans are appalled by Golden Dawn.  The over­whelm­ing major­ity of the Greek-American com­mu­nity does not sup­port the party or its Amer­i­can off­shoots. The DC-based Amer­i­can Hel­lenic Edu­ca­tional Pro­gres­sive Asso­ci­a­tion (AHEPA), a lead­ing grass­roots Greek-American mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion, recently praised the Greek gov­ern­ment for its crack­down on Golden Dawn in Greece.

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