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Golden Dawn on the Rise

This could be really bad.

Four short weeks of campaigning before a snap poll called by the leftist leader and former prime minister Alexis Tsipras have gone surprisingly well. In successive opinion surveys, the virulently anti-immigrant, antisemitic, anti-EU party has emerged as Greece's third-biggest political force - the sole certainty in an election that has defied expectation in almost every other way.

Under the banner of being "the only nationalist choice", the far-rightists have persistently polled between 5.5% and 7%. Tsipras's Syriza has been shown to be neck and neck with its main challenger, the conservative New Democracy, quashing hopes of an easy victory.


Touring Kos and other Aegean islands most affected by the influx, Golden Dawn MPs brazenly played on locals' fears. "Elections are approaching," Ilias Kasidiaris, the party's swastika-tattooed spokesman, told residents. "Kos has a choice. If [inhabitants] choose to vote Syriza it will turn into Pakistan. If they choose Golden Dawn and Golden Dawn governs the land, then Kos will become Greece again. And that is our goal."

Michaloliakos, who like other party leaders was released from prison after serving the pre-trial maximum of 18 months, is accused of overseeing offences that range from money laundering to murder and armed attack. The hearing began this year. The accused deny the charges.

By min | September 16, 2015, 11:09 AM | Liberal Outrage