In he 1920’s the huge unemployment, inflation , and currency devaluation resulting in many people not being able to afford food fed the rise of Fascism in a number of European countries, and catapulted The German Nazi Party, and MUssolini’s Nationalist Front into the build up for the second World War. America wasn’t entirely immune, as the Second KKK fed the ranks of the German-American Bund, or Nazi Party to become the second largest Nazi Party in the world behind Germany’s. Pot War Europe continued to deal with usually small, widely scattered, violent uber-nationalist neo-Nazi groups post war – as did the US.In the past 20 years or so, these groups have spent a lot of their energy and ire on attacking nonwhite immigrant populations. Playing off the “immigrants are stealing your jobs” line has become popular enough in the last decade or so that these neo-Nazi Parties have been able to elect members to the Parliaments of several European countries such as France and Greece.
America has the same issue in terms of the Teas Party. White, uber-nationalist, racist neo-Fascists who “modernized” under the guidance of KKK Leader David Duke, and have now gained enough power to contest for control of the Republican Party…
And shut down the Federal Government.
Looks like the Greek people now recognize the evil in their midst…
Let’s hope Americans wake up to that soon.
A fortnight ago, Golden Dawn was feeling smug. Greece’s neo-Nazi party was riding high in the opinion polls at about 15%, double what it got in last year’s election.
Its support was soaring among a nation buckling under its worst financial crisis in living memory. It had opened new offices, lectures it hosted presenting the party’s view of Greek history were proving popular, its 18 MPs appeared untouchable.
But Pavlos Fyssas changed all that. A left-wing hip hop musician and activist, he had spent the evening watching football on TV in a bar near Athens. As he left, he was set upon by a group. The man arrested for stabbing him to death confessed to being an active supporter of Golden Dawn.
The murder prompted a national outcry. Tens of thousands took to the streets, demanding that the violent neo-Nazis be reined in.
And then, in a weekend morning raid, the government sprang into action. Some 22 members were arrested, six of them MPs, including the party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos. They were charged with belonging to a criminal group, with counts including murder, assault and money-laundering.
‘Offer of violence’
Police say they found evidence linking the killer of Pavlos Fyssas to the Golden Dawn leadership. In the homes of MPs arrested, they said they uncovered photos of Adolf Hitler and swastika flags. Witness testimony told of a “Fuehrer-like” party structure, commanding hit squads that drove through Athens attacking migrants.
Whistleblowers are now under police protection. But we traced a former supporter who offered us a rare insight into how the party functions.
She attended Golden Dawn meetings looking for support, after being harassed by a man.
“Inside, I saw clubs and shields,” she tells me. “Everyone stood to attention when the leader came in. They talked of beating up gay and dark-skinned people.”
She lights a cigarette and holds back the tears.
“A party member came to visit me,” she says. “He made me an offer: he could break someone’s arm and leg for 300 euros [£250]. Set a car on fire for 1,000 euros. Put someone in hospital for a month for 1,500 euros.
“I didn’t want any of it, so I broke off communication. Later he came back and told us not to say a word or he’d burn us alive.” Read the rest of this entry »