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Golden Dawn photos shock Greece
Golden Dawn photos shock Greece

Thousands of pictures and video clips allegedly show party members posing with weapons and giving Nazi salutes

Helena Smith in Athens
theguardian.com, Friday 17 January 2014 18.45 GMT


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The cache of photographs has been handed by police to a Greek public prosecutor investigating Golden Dawn's alleged illegal activities

Greek authorities are studying what is being described as a cache of "highly incriminating" photographic material in which members of the far-right Golden Dawn party are allegedly depicted participating in mock executions, posing with weaponry and giving Nazi salutes.

The hoard of almost 14,000 pictures and 900 video clips – discovered in computers and mobiles phones confiscated from two MPs and a man who headed one of the group's local branches – has been handed by police to a public prosecutor investigating the extremists' alleged illegal activities.

"What this confirms, without a shadow of doubt, is that Golden Dawn is not only a Nazi group but a criminal organisation that operated as a paramilitary structure," said Dimitris Psarras, the country's leading authority on the party.

"We are literally talking about thousands of pictures," he told the Guardian. "And many are highly incriminating, portraying well known members receiving armed training in summer camps."

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A picture claiming to show Golden Dawn members giving Nazi salutes

Among them, he said, was Giorgos Roupakias, the self-professed killer of Pavlos Fyssas, a leftwing rapper whose murder in September spurred the Greek government to scrutinise what remains the country's third biggest political force.

Golden Dawn had previously denied any association with the 46-year-old , who stabbed the musician in the heart and chest after being called to the scene of a fight between followers of the neo-fascist party and leftists in a working-class Athens suburb. In the wake of the government crackdown, the party had also rejected suggestions that it subscribed to the dogma of neo-Nazism.

The archive, backed by similar evidence in the private computers of other politicians, including the organisation's imprisoned leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, has triggered widespread disbelief.

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Golden Dawn pictures Group members allegedly engaged in military-style training exercises

Although somewhat inured to the high drama that has enveloped their country since its near economic collapse in 2010, Greeks have been shocked by the sheer scale of the hoard and the lighthearted nature of many of the images.

Some portray female supporters in bed brandishing handguns, while others show men posing with swords and assault rifles. Children, presumably encouraged by parents, are also seen raising their hands in Nazi salutes.

"It is an astonishing collection that shows just how emboldened they felt," said Psarras, an investigative journalist who has followed the extremists since their appearance as a fringe group in the aftermath of the rightwing military coup more than 30 years ago. "Given the climate of ever-worsening poverty, extremism and austerity, they thought they could get away with more or less anything."

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A picture supposedly showing a Golden Dawn member posing with a military assault rifle

Six of Golden Dawn's 18 MPs have been imprisoned pending trial in a crackdown during which riot police have stormed the party's offices, raided MPs' homes and rounded up supporters. Three other deputies, including the party's press spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, also face charges of using the party to operate a criminal organisation with the intent of demolishing democratic institutions in Greece.

Last month, the Greek parliament, the scene of often raucous debate since the election of the extremists in June 2012, voted to cut off annual state funds of around €800,000 (£660,000) to which the party would have been entitled as of this year.

As they were led to jail this week, after extensive cross-examining, three of the lawmakers hurled abuse at reporters, shouting that Golden Dawn was a "legitimate force" elected by democratic process.

A GPO poll released for a Greek media outlet on Thursday showed that, far from being diminished, Golden Dawn was still garnering support of around 11% – almost four times higher than the popularity of the socialist Pasok, the junior partner in Greece's fagile ruling coalition.

Last week the ultra-nationalists vowed to challenge the government crackdown in the European court of human rights despite the party's open contempt for the EU.

Attending a press conference to announce the move, Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National party, said the clampdown against his "patriot comrades" had been motivated purely by Golden Dawn's meteoric rise in the polls.

On Friday, the far-right group announced it had set in motion plans to sue three senior judicial officials overseeing the investigation into their alleged illegal activity for "breach of duty".

The officials were accused of being "instruments of anti-Greek power" by the party, which claimed they had failed to properly follow the law in their haste to jail its lawmakers, not least Golden Dawn's enigmatic leader, Nikos Michaloliakos.


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2014 Jan 25 22:36
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Yes, and? Is there anything here that's actually illegal in Greece?

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The greater question is, if this is the truth or only propaganda.
2014 Jan 26 12:38
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^ Ummm, I seem to recall some sort of an election coming up soon ....

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Has anyone been shocked at ANY 'shocking' news in the last fifty years? When the media labels something like this, don't 99% of humanity just yawn or say 'heh'?

Bottom line for Greek voters remains the same; if you don't want your society transformed by immigrants, vote for people who are consistently against this, hoping the other parties will eventually realise where their bread's buttered. Career democrats never lift a finger until their cushy livelihoods are threatened. They need as much of a scare as can be given at the moment. GD does this reasonably well, but it seems it takes a long time to work.

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But why does it have to be Golden Dawn, though?
2014 Apr 03 00:46
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Golden Dawn Crackdown: Greece's PM Top Aide Resigns over Leaked Video

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evidence that the crackdown wa illegitimate and political motivated ...
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Carelessly waving firearms around, acting like poseurs, swaggering about and mimicking the NSDAP puts these guys on the level of the neonazis in the U.S. as far as I'm concerned. thumbs down

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Isn't it a little bit funny how the Western media is instrumentalizing Golden Dawn for the same sort of scaremongering as Russia does with the Ukrainian "Right Sector" thugs? Just noticing. That sort of head-shaven imbeciles are always just somebodies useful idiots it appears.

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I've always felt safe roaming the streets in areas the media described as controlled by violent street gangs as long as these violent street gangs happened to be white, and I think most white people feel the same. In the Ukraine things may be a bit different as there is a very large portion of general craziness and looniedom involved which pretty much defies any subtle notion of a political undercurrent.


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