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Fascists that lurk at the heart of the Greek government

Issue No. 2278

Greece’s main far right party is called Laos. It was formed in 2000 as a break away from the right wing New Democracy. And it absorbed other far right groups, including open fascists.

These included supporters of the fascist dictatorship that ruled Greece in the 1930s and the military dictatorship of the 1960s.

One group was called Friends of Jean-Marie Le Pen in Greece—a reference to the French fascist politician. The leader of that group is now minister for transport in the new government.

The previous government of George Papandreou introduced laws granting citizenship to the children of migrants. The Greek high court is set to debate this legislation next month.

Now the far right says it will only take part in the new government if the citizenship laws are annulled.

But anti-fascist sentiment is also very strong in Greece. People remember the resistance that fought against the Nazi occupation of Greece in the 1940s.

There are annual demonstrations to mark the fall of the military junta. This year they will be bigger than ever as we protest against this new government and its foul fascist ministers.

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