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September 27, 2012 8

Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Opens Office in New York City

Golden Dawn (also known as Chrysi Avgi in Greek), an ultra-nationalist polit­i­cal party in Greece, has opened an office in New York City. The party, known for its racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant views, won 7 per­cent of the votein May 2012 elec­tions and has 18 rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Greek parliament. 

Golden Dawn Sup­port­ers in New York

The party has adopted Nazi slo­gans and sym­bols. For exam­ple, Golden Dawn’s logo closely resem­bles a swastika. In addi­tion, the media reports that the party openly dis­plays copies of Hitler’s Mein Kamf as well as other racist and anti-Semitic tracts at its head­quar­ters. At ral­lies, Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikos Michalo­li­akos, has shouted slo­gans that are asso­ci­ated with the Nazis and has report­edly given the Nazi salute at a town meet­ing. He is also a Holo­caust denier.

Artemios Math­aiopou­los, another Golden Dawn party mem­ber who was sworn in to the Greek par­lia­ment in July 2012, is a for­mer mem­ber of a rock band known for its vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and racist lyrics.  

Mem­bers of the party have also car­ried out vio­lent attacks on immi­grants and for­eign work­ers in dif­fer­ent parts of Greece, and have attacked oppo­si­tion lead­ers. In addi­tion, the party has called for plac­ing land­mines along the Greece-Turkey bor­der to pre­vent ille­gal immi­grants from enter­ing the country.

Golden Dawn has also pro­posed that “only men and women of Greek descent and con­scious­ness should have full polit­i­cal rights.”

Accord­ing to Golden Dawn’s Web site for its New York City office, the party’s goal is “to pro­mote and sup­port the Golden Dawn’s nation­al­ist ideals and vision for Greece among the Greek dias­pora.” The party talks about resist­ing “the geno­ci­dal multi-culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order.”

In New York, Golden Dawn claims to have car­ried out a cloth­ing and food drive, as well as a med­ical drive. The col­lected items were allegedly shipped to the party’s head­quar­ters in Greece, where Golden Dawn insists they will only be dis­trib­uted to Greeks.

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