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The nightmare called Golden Dawn returns

26 November 2013 / 11:11:38  GRReporter
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Two months after the capture of Golden Dawn’s leaders and their detention in custody, the neo-Nazi party continues to be the third political force in Greece. Following the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas and the revelations about its activities, it reported a decline in the voters’ support but regained the support of almost 3% of voters after the killing of two of its members at the party office in the Athens suburb of Neo Iraklio.

The results of a poll conducted by Metron Analysis over the past few days show that Golden Dawn is about to restore its lost power as 10.8% of men and 2.6% of women who participated in the poll stated that they would vote for the extreme right party. Their age profile is as follows:

18-34 years old - 7.9%

35-44 years old - 10%

45-54 years old - 6%

55-64 years old - 5.9%

65 + years old - 3.7%

A large number of Greeks still support Nikos Michaloliakos although he ranks last in terms of popularity of party leaders and despite the revelations about the criminal activities of Golden Dawn. From 7% immediately after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas the support for him has reached 10% within two months.

According to the poll, the majority of the supporters of Golden Dawn, 9.4%, have completed secondary education, 3.6% primary and 4.9% are university graduates.

7.8% belong to the middle or higher class in Greek society, 6.9% are workers, 6.8% farmers and 5.5% are people with low to medium incomes.

The fact that the support for the neo-Nazis is increasing despite the shocking revelations about their activities is more than disturbing, as stated by political analysts. They call on the Greek political parties to realize that it is not enough to send to prison the party’s steering group.

The following data confirm their position:

45% of the voters of Golden Dawn reply "the euro" to the question "Do you prefer the euro or the memorandum?"

60% of the supporters of Golden Dawn reply "the euro" to the question "Do you prefer the euro or the drachma?"

24% of the Golden Dawners believe that Greece has changed for the better in recent years.

On Monday, deputies George Germenis, Panagiotis Iliopoulos and Stathis Boukouras appeared before the court, as they had to testify in connection with the criminal charges of their involvement in the leadership of a criminal organisation to the degree of felony.

About 150 supporters of Golden Dawn were awaiting them in the court complex Evelpidon, shouting slogans in support. The three filed a request and received an extension to testify on 7 December.

At the same time, Christos Pappas, who is defined in the indictment as the second person in the hierarchy of the criminal organisation Golden Dawn, asked to be released from custody.

On Saturday, the party will organise a rally in support of leader Nikos Michaloliakos, former parliamentary representative Christos Pappas and deputy Yiannis Lagos who were defined by party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris as political prisoners.

The rally will take place on Syntagma Square at 7:00 pm. The police in Athens will be in a state of alert as, three hours earlier, the movement against racism and the fascist threat will hold a protest outside Athens University.

Tags: PoliticsGolden DawnPollNikos Michaloliakos
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