#AceWorldNews – GREECE – April 01 – Around 1,000 Golden Dawn supporters organised a pre-election rally in Athens, Monday, Ruptly reports.
The rally was held near Saint Panteleimonas Greek Orthodox church, which is an area of central Athens mostly populated by immigrants. Golden Dawn supporters sang the party’s anthem and held Greek and Golden Dawn flags.
Earlier on Monday, Antifascists organised a counter rally which was attended to by a high police presence.
Reporting the event (GreekReporter) said Golden Dawn won 18 seats in the Greek Parliament in the June elections and has continued to agitate against immigrants. Scores of civil rights groups, anti-racist movements and intellectuals, including Nobel laureates Dario Fo and Bernard Kouchner, walked through Athens in a silent march from the nation’s legislature to the Acropolis in what they called “a wake-up call” not only for the Greece, but other European nations facing rising tides of far-right extremism.
“We’re not denying the fact that Golden Dawn was elected to Parliament. Nor do we aspire to physically oust them from the chambers of democracy,” said Benjamin Abtan, the chief organizer and president of the European Grassroot Anti-racist Movement.
“But Greeks have to realize that they are neo-Nazis and that their success story will whet the appetite of other far-right extremists in Europe. Racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism are growing without any strong and determined mobilizations from the democrats,” he said.