Alarm at Greek police ‘collusion’ with far-right Golden Dawn

Greece’s far-right party, Golden Dawn, won 18 parliamentary seats in the June election with a campaign openly hostile to illegal immigrants and there are now allegations that some Greek police are supporting the party. “There is already civil war,” says Ilias Panagiotaros. If so, the shop he owns is set to do a roaring trade. It sells camouflage gear, police riot gloves, face masks and T-shirts extolling football hooliganism. On the walls are posters celebrating the last civil war in Greece, which ended in 1949. “Greek society is ready – even though no-one likes this – to have a fight: a new type of civil war,” he says. “On the one side there will be nationalists like us, and Greeks who want our country to be as it used to be, and on the other side illegal immigrants, anarchists and all those who have destroyed Athens several times,” he adds. You hear comments like this a lot in Greece now but Ilias Panagiotaros is not some figure on the fringes: he is a member of the Greek parliament, one of 18 MPs elected for the far-right Golden Dawn in June’s general election. And for Mr Panagiotaros, civil war is not something theoretical. Last week he led a demonstration that closed down a performance of the Terence McNally play, Corpus Christi. As police stood by, apparently oblivious, Mr Panagiotaros was filmed shouting racist and homophobic insults at the director of the play, and the actors cowering inside the Chyterio Theatre. “Wrap it up you little faggots. Yes, just keep staring at me you little hooker. Your time is up. “You Albanian assholes,” shouts Mr Panagiotaros in the YouTube clip. Footage filmed inside the theatre, as rocks showered into its open-air auditorium, shows the manager making frantic calls to the chief of police, demanding protection from a mob that had begun to beat up journalists outside. Other footage shows Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas “de-arrest” a demonstrator, pulling him from a police detention coach, as the police do nothing. Calls were made to the public order ministry, who ordered the chief prosecutor to attend the scene. No help arrived. “This was the Greek Kristallnacht,” says Laertis Vassiliou, the play’s director. “People went home with broken bones. Every day they phone me now, they phone the theatre, saying: your days are numbered.” His eyes redden and his face begins to tremble as he tells me: “They phoned my mother, Golden Dawn. They said we will deliver your son’s body to you in a box of little pieces. “I want to be told if we are in a democracy or a dictatorship?”

via bbc: Alarm at Greek police ‘collusion’ with far-right Golden Dawn

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Posted on 18.10.2012, in Dienste, Gewalt, Kameradschaft, Rechtsextremismus. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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