Greece Votes to Cut State Funding To Far-Right Golden Dawn Party

Called 'Neo-Nazi Criminal Gang' by Government

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By Reuters

Published October 22, 2013.

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Golden Dawn, with a red-and-black swastika-like emblem, has tapped into Greeks’ anger at the political class and won support with promises like ridding Greece of immigrants and sealing its borders with landmines.

But since Fissas’s killing, the party’s support has fallen by about a third.

The party rejects accusations of violence and the neo-Nazi label. All six lawmakers who have been charged deny the allegations against them, saying they are being persecuted because of their nationalist beliefs.

Golden Dawn abstained from the vote and said the funding cut-off would only disrupt its community initiatives, such as “for-Greeks-only” food handouts and blood donations.

“This provision is unconstitutional and illegal,” Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris said during the debate.

In turn, Golden Dawn last month filed a lawsuit over state funds the co-ruling Socialist PASOK party received in 2007-2010.

Members of parliament do not lose their political rights or seats unless there is a final court ruling against them. ($1 = 0.7260 euros)



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