Socialist Worker

Attack on journalists backfires for Golden Dawn in Greece

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2386

Greek anti-fascists demanding justice for Shehzad Luqman

Greek anti-fascists demanding justice for Shehzad Luqman (Pic: Workers Solidarity)


Three more fascist MPs in Greece’s Golden Dawn party have been jailed to await trial.

They join other Golden Dawn members, including the party’s leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos, remanded in custody by a high court investigation into the party.

The investigation is examining incidents of racist violence and other criminal activity.

It quizzed two men on trial for the murder of Pakistani worker Shehzad Luqman last week. 

One had Golden Dawn leaflets.

British National Party leader Nick Griffin was among the few fascists from outside Greece to respond to a Golden Dawn call for solidarity. Most are desperate to avoid association with the party.

Golden Dawn members apparently attacked journalists at a rally to defend the three MPs.

Ilias Kasidiaris is acting Golden Dawn leader. He  assaulted left wing women MPs on TV in 2012 and is on remand awaiting trial.

He refused to apologise for the attacks on journalists—so they withdrew their microphones and refused to let him make a statement.

Workers Solidarity editor Panos Garganas told Socialist Worker, “We have always argued that fascists shouldn’t be given a platform. 

“But this is the first time the mainstream media have taken that up.  Now we are campaigning to get other Golden Dawn members in custody—including Kasidiaris.”


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