The Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has set up an office in New York City in a bid to bolster its support among expatriate Greek communities, Greek media is reporting.
The populist ultra-nationalist party has been collecting food and medicine at drives in New York for Greeks left destitute by the country’s massive financial crisis and recently distributed the aid in Athens, the Kathimerini daily reported.
The website of the Golden Dawn New York branch, which features the party’s black swastika-like symbol across a dark New York skyline, promises the aid will be donated “only to Greek people.”
Similar drives also have been held in Melbourne, Australia and Montreal, Canada, Kathimerini said.
Golden Dawn swept into the Greek parliament with 19 lawmakers in recent elections campaigning on an anti-austerity, anti-immigrant platform, preying on the fears of ordinary Greeks who have seen the country flooded with immigrants amid a terrible recession.
The party has been repeatedly condemned by Greek and international Jewish groups as racist and anti-Semitic. Their leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, has a penchant for “Heil Hitler” salutes and in recent interviews denied the existence of gas chambers at Nazi death camps.
The New York chapter vows to help their brethren in Greece “resist and overcome the genocidal multi-culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order,” and combat the “unholy alliance of the bankers, the media, corrupt politicians and the educational system.”
However, it “supports the American Constitution, and respects all U.S. laws,” the website states.