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The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party recognised as a "criminal organisation" by the Greek justice system

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Wednesday, October 7th 2020 à 15:30 | Read 414 times

The Greek judiciary considered the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party to be a criminal organisation (Screenshot film "Golden Dawn a personal affair").
The Greek judiciary considered the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party to be a criminal organisation (Screenshot film "Golden Dawn a personal affair").
GREECE. Nikos Michaloliakos, founder and leader of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, has been convicted of "leadership of a criminal organisation" by the Athens Criminal Court. The decision concludes a long judicial procedure of five and a half years with no less than sixty-eight defendants.

The Greek court ruled on Wednesday 7 October 2020 that the sixty-two year old man, along with six other leaders of his party, was indeed involved in the murder of the antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (34) in September 2013. The murderer Yorgos Roupakias, a member of Golden Dawn, confessed to his crime.
The court also ruled on two attempted murders, one against Egyptian fishermen in June 2012 and the other against members of a communist trade union (PAME) in September 2013.

At the same time, forty-five deputies and members of that party were found guilty of "membership" of that organization. Some 15 others were acquitted. The sentences will be handed down at a later date.

In November 2019, Nikos Michaloliakos pleaded not guilty.

More Golden Dawn MPs in Parliament

In 2012, thanks to the country's socio-political crisis, Golden Dawn had managed to obtain almost 7% of the votes in the legislative elections and thus brought eighteen deputies into the Vouli, the Greek Parliament. His leader declared unequivocally at the time, "we are the seeds of the defeat of 1945. This is what we are: nationalists, National Socialists, fascists!"

This tremendous rise did not last, as voters increasingly turned away from a movement guilty of many abuses against its opponents and the press. In January 2019, militants from Golden Dawn savagely attacked one of our correspondents in Greece, Thomas Iacobi, after recognising him. Together with Angélique Kourounis, our other local correspondent, he is the co-author of a documentary, "Golden Dawn a personal affair", a multi-award winning film about the neo-Nazi party.

During the last elections in July 2019, this party did not manage to obtain the least elected in this enclosure. On the other hand, the extreme right can count on ten deputies of the new formation "Greek Solution" led by Kyriakos Velopoulos.

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