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Greek neo-Nazi militias assault migrants

2013-09-30 22:38

Athens - Greece's Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party regularly organised "assault militias" in which dozens of members would ride the streets on motorbikes, hitting immigrants with a stick, according to a government report and testimonies cited in the Greek press on Monday.

"I took part several times in activities involving 50 or 60 motorbikes, with two people on each. The one who was sitting behind held a stick with the Greek flag and hit all the Pakistanis he could see," one ex-member said in court testimony.

Greek police arrested the controversial party's founder and five other prominent members amid high tensions following the murder of a leftist musician allegedly stabbed to death by a Golden Dawn supporter.

Testimonies from two former members, along with a report by an examining magistrate revealed a series of "criminal acts" by the group, press reports said.

Golden Dawn has a "strictly hierarchical structure, the leader is all-powerful following the principle used by Hitler," said the report by the deputy prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Charalambos Vourliotis.

The neo-Nazi party started its attacks in 1987, the report said, initially targeting immigrants and then turning against Greeks.

The report said the party members were trained in military style and had allegedly committed dozens of criminal acts, including voluntary homicide and attempted homicide.

Police on Monday continued their raids on Golden Dawn premises, searching for hidden arms supplies.

Comments
  • Jimi Harrison - 2013-10-01 05:34

    please come here......there are more immigrants.........

  • Fabrizio Brazzale - 2013-10-01 06:37

    Cant say I blame them, when your country is bankrupt and your family is battling to survive and foreigners pitch up on your doorstep getting handouts from YOUR government while their own citizens starve. There is bound to be animosity!

      Naidoo Naidu - 2013-10-01 06:59

      Well, that's just what the Greeks deserve for being too lazy to work. it's the same situation here in South Africa......my Indian brothers came to this country & flourished, because the Whites/locals were too lazy to work, hard. And now, this country's economy will fold, if all Indians had to remove their assets from this country.

      WE Werner - 2013-10-01 07:15

      I would also flourish if I don't pay tax

      Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-10-01 07:53

      Ja Naidu, You are racist, arrogant, and to top it all off your are ignorant. Jou mond is groter as jou brein. You should move all your stuff out today and go catch cholera in Calcutta. Have you looked at the state of India, seems to me that what you guys are really good at is procreating (its easy to use stereotypes and make racist comments it does not make you clever)

  • John Kotsaftis - 2013-10-01 06:59

    Golden Dawn had voters who got them into parliament not for ideological reasons but because they were anti-government (who were corrupt to the core for 40 years +) and they took a hard stance against immigrants who had contributed to an astounding increase in crime in recent years. These immigrants were illegally in the country and when that happens to ones neighbourhood it is quite conceivable that people would champion anyone who is allegedly trying to clean-up the streets. This is similar to how Hitler came to power. These Golden Dawn people were nowhere 5 years ago and then the crisis hit which became a petri-dish for them to grown in. One thing is for sure...if the Greek government dont deal them a hard blow and make the allegations stick, they will come back stronger.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-10-01 07:56

    It is easy for people like Golden Dawn to get power and votes when people are struggling. Greece has always welcomed immigrants, but thanks to its position in Europe it got more than it could handle. Then with this economic collapse Golden dawn took advantage of fear and found some easy targets for people to hate. No different to the EFF and Malemites who are riding on peoples desperation but have no real plans, just grand schemes, or those who target Somali shopkeepers who have made some success

  • Naidoo Naidu - 2013-10-01 08:12

    Ioannis, the current SA government has been very kind & generous to 'my people', thus it's unlikely i will be leaving this beautiful country for Indian residency any time soon.....

  • Naidoo Naidu - 2013-10-01 08:38

    Baas Werner, you should have no excuse whatsoever for having not 'flourished'. your grandfather & uncles......Hendrik Verwoed, Botha, de Klerk, Terreblanche etc 'raped' & plundered this country, it's inhabitants, it's mines etc....thus, if you sit with a wooden spoon today, blame only yourself!!

      WE Werner - 2013-10-01 09:23

      Is India not one big racist country ,the whiter you are the more success you have , and the rest live in the slumps

      WE Werner - 2013-10-01 09:37

      If I watch the IPL all the white skin Indians sit in the good seats ,and the slump dogs on the concrete stands

      Christiaan Rudolph Potgieter - 2013-10-01 10:39

      On the contrary the ANC mandela and his cronies raped this country with violence and bombs.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-04-16 12:42

      Old Naidu, my people brought civilization to this country and shed blood and tears. You are a parasite. No wooden spoon here, we know what we built.

  • Christiaan Rudolph Potgieter - 2013-10-01 09:52

    "strictly hierarchical structure" How is this different from our government, police, army? guess we are run by neo-nazis.

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