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Golden Dawn brings German neo-Nazis in the Greek Parliament

09 February 2013 / 14:02:46  GRReporter
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Members of the Bavarian neo-Nazi organization "Freies Netz Süd" proudly announced their visit to the parliamentary office of Golden Dawn. Pictures posted on the German extreme right organisation's website proved this visit of their representatives. This organisation is known as one of the most extreme in the German extreme right-wing and authorities have often dealt with it because of acts against immigrants. Members of the "Freies Netz Süd" visited Athens on the day when Golden Dawn organised a procession in the city centre on the occasion of the anniversary of the events on the Island of Imia. Their website also informed about the delegation's meeting with Golden Dawn's leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos.

Recently, the German magazine Der Spiegel made revelations of Golden Dawn's connections with extremist organisations in Bavaria, which are under investigation by the German police. According to the magazine, "the Bavarian police are concerned about the Bavarian Nazis' contacts with right-wing extremists from Greece." A representative of the Bavarian Office of the Federal Bureau of Protection of the Constitution, said for the magazine Der Spiegel that "Golden Dawn has an international network of contacts and maintains contacts with Bavarian Nazis. These contacts are encouraged via mutual visits to Bavaria and Greece as well as via meetings at various events of far-right organisations in Europe."

Der Spiegel's revelations provoked a strong reaction from the Golden Dawn party, which, in a statement, said that they are not identical with German neo-Nazis. "We want to inform everyone that the Golden Dawn party has no relations with foreign political organisations or parties" - a claim that was refuted by the photographs posted on the website of the Bavarian far-right organisation "Freies Netz Süd".

Along with the publication of the photographs, German neo-Nazis wrote on their website that their visit to Athens was a response to the participation of representatives of the Golden Dawn party in the National Socialist Congress, held in November 2012 in Nuremberg. Der Spiegel also focused on this congress. Golden Dawn denied this in a statement of 5 February, saying that "The German magazine reveals that, not so long ago, Golden Dawn organised a congress (!) in this town in Southern Germany."

Tags: Golden Dawn neo-Nazis Freies Netz Sud extreme right Bavaria
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