Golden Dawn, a right-wing extremist party in Greece, has landed 21 seats in Greek Parliament. The group is accused of being neo-Nazis.
The Golden Dawn party was one of 32 parties to participate in the election. The election was held earlier than usual in an attempt to form a coalition government and address the Greek financial crisis. Voting is mandatory in Greece but those who do not favor any candidate may cast a blank ballot. For a party to move into one of the 300 parliament seats, it must receive at least 3 percent of the vote.
Golden Dawn’s support is increasing at a rapid pace. In the last election, the extreme party took just 0.23 percent of the vote. This year they obtained 6.9 percent.
The Golden Dawn party is supported by those who say they are tired of the mainstream media’s bias and lack of integrity.
“I would like to thank with all the strength of my Greek heart, the hundreds of thousands of Greeks who voted for the popular nationalistic movement: the Golden Dawn, who turned their backs to the defamation by TV channels and the yellow press,” said party leader Nikos Michaloliakos. “They were against us all this time. They accused us in the worst possible way. On their TVs they showed only people who didn’t receive half of the votes we got. They despised the Greek people, and the Greek people despised them.”
Michaloliakos wants the nation to maintain its sovereignty amidst the country’s financial crisis. He wants “a Greece that will not be a social jungle because of the millions of illegal immigrants they brought into our homeland, without asking us.”
“The victory of the Golden Dawn is a victory against the tyrantship of the mass media. …The fight will continue,” he added. “The new golden dawn of Hellenism is rising. For those who betray this homeland, the time has come to fear! We are Greek patriots, we are nationalists, and we don’t let anyone question that.”
The party, which reportedly uses a Nazi salute and has a swastika as its logo, denies being neo-Nazis.