Greek Orthodox Priests Bless Office of Increasingly Popular Racist Party

The current economic situation in Greece has prompted a resurgence in nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric. Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party, has enjoyed electoral successes. In May 2012 the party won twenty-one seats. In the most recent election Golden Dawn lost three seats, meaning that they now have 18 seats less than a year after starting with none.  

Since enjoying recent success Golden Dawn has done little to establish a professional reputation. Its members have assaulted political officials on TV, read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion aloud in parliament, held Greek-only food handouts, organized Greek-only blood banks, and demanded landmines on the borders. 

Recent polling shows that Golden Dawn is enjoying 14 percent support, despite having only received almost seven percent of the national vote at the most recent election in June. This level of support makes Golden Dawn the third most popular party in Greece. Some of Golden Dawn’s popularity is a reflection of dissatisfaction with the current Greek government, with 81 percent of polled Greeks saying that the country is on the wrong track.

Some members of the Greek Orthodox church are now showing support, with priests blessing a new Golden Dawn office in Coritnth.   

Rod Dreher, Senior Contributor at The American Conservative and Orthodox christian, reflected on the recent ordination:

There is, of course, an ugly history of Christian churches collaborating with fascists (e.g.,the Croatian Ustase and Roman Catholicism). Golden Dawn represents the rule of the mob, and rule by brute force. However rotten the Greek left and even the Greek mainstream parties may be, Greek fascism must not be allowed to contaminate the Church.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we can expect Golden Dawn's popularity to fall any time soon. Long term economic decline is a breeding ground for Golden Dawn's politics, and good news coming out of Greece is hard to find these days. 

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The current economic situation in Greece has prompted a resurgence in nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric.

    Xenophobia may not be your best course when you're begging other countries to clean up your mess.

  • rts||

    Golden Dawn and the Antifascist Movement in Greece

    The above contains scenes of real violence.

  • SIV||

    I'll never understand European politics but I'd need something more concrete than the accusations of European leftists of a Euro-Right party's "Neo-Nazi" character

  • affenkopf||

    Um, reading The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in parliament doesn't count?

  • Paul.||

    European right = free everything except to the jews.

    European left = free everything.

  • MWG||

    Go to their site. Their logo is half a swastika.

  • DRM||

    In a 1987 article of the Golden Dawn magazine, Golden Dawn party founder and current Secretary General Nikolaos Michaloliakos wrote an article with title "Hitler for 1000 years". To quote it:

    "We are the faithful soldiers of the National Socialist idea and nothing else."

    "WE EXIST, and continue the battle, the battle for the final victory of our race"

    "1987, 42 years later, with our thought and soul given to the last great battle, with our thought and soul given to the black and red banners, with our thought and soul given to the memory of our great Leader, we raise our right hand up, we salute the Sun and with the courage, that is compelled by our military honor and our National Socialist duty we shout full of passion, faith to the future and our visions: HEIL HITLER!"

  • SIV||

    Well now they do sound kinda fascist.

  • Paul.||

    Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party, has enjoyed electoral successes.

    Oh, member those guys... they were the ones that greeted Angela Merkel during her recent visit.

  • Jerry on the road||

    Apparently being neo-Nazi in Greece means you are against Nazis.

  • Paul.||

    Greek-only blood banks, and demanded landmines on the borders.

    So let me get this straight, these guys want to keep the shifty foreigners out of Greece. Does that mean they want to keep German money out of Greece, too?

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    No the money can stay but not the strings attached. I don't if treating the Germans like a tributary is a good idea. They might remember they are Germans. IOW If I want a steak dinner I don't go after the lion's meal.

  • BakedPenguin||

    They have been accused of commerce with the devil.

  • ||

    No, my good man, they're on the level.

  • fried wylie||

    Y'all jest, but a highspeed monorail could be just the thing to get greece back on the right track.

  • Big 'Orra||

    Is there a chance the track could bend?

  • amelia||

    "Golden Dawn" is a curious choice. It's bizarre to me that a political party would give itself the same name as a group of 19th century occultists. http://hermetic.com/gdlibrary/gd-faq.html

  • R C Dean||

    The ON* were big on the occult stuff, so it doesn't surprise me, necessarily. Now, why a bunch of authoritarian goons would pick the same name as cult preaching radical individualism/nihilism, I couldn't say, but, eh, Europeans, who can figure?

    *Original Nazis

  • amelia||

    "radical individualism/nihilism"

    Now that point is well taken.

  • johnl||

    I wonder if the success isn't in spite of the party's racism rather than because of it. The main parties have been such disasters that it might take people a while to figure out who else they can vote for.

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