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Golden Dawn, Greece's neo-Nazi Party, Finally Loses Support after Rapper Killing

After last week's killing of anti-racist rapper Pavlos Fissas by a supporter of Golden Dawn, the far-right party is finally losing momentum in Greece

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 24th, 2013 in News » World

Golden Dawn, Greece's neo-Nazi Party, Finally Loses Support after Rapper Killing

The ultra-right party Golden Dawn had been steadily gaining momentum in Greece over the past year, during which they've verbally attacked Zionists and Israelis, that is, until a supporter of the group, 45-year-old Giorgos Roupakias fatally stabbed anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fissas a.k.a. Killah P near Athens, the Greek capital.

A poll compiled yesterday shows that support for the party has fallen 2.5 percentage points (currently at 5.8%) since the stabbing, and that many Greeks believe that Golden Dawn is a threat to democracy in the country.

Finally. We've been saying this all along.

Pavlos Fissas (Killah P) was stabbed to death last week, on September 17th, after being attacked by a group of assailants. Roupakias later confessed to the stabbing, and is currently awaiting trial. He's been charged with manslaughter and illegal possession of a weapon.

Golden Dawn, Greece's third most popular political party, has denied any involvement in the incident.

77.8% of Greeks surveyed believe that the party was indeed involved in the killing, while only 13.5% said no. 57.6% stated the presence of such a party in Greece compromises the integrity of democracy in Greece.

Golden Dawn won 18 seats in last year's June elections, officially entering parliament after being a fringe party for years.

As an ultra-right party, its campaign included a harsh anti-immigrant agenda, and encourages a 'Greek-only' civilization, very similar to the 'Aryan-only' campaign of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party during the 1930s.

Some senior members have also praised Hitler in the press.

Seeing how Germany was facing an economic crisis at the time, and that Greece has been embroiled in economic turmoil for the past few years, the comparison does not seem far-fetched.

The Golden Dawn party's emblem also bares striking resemblance to a swastika, and its members are known to greet one another with a Nazi-type salute.

Since the killing, two senior police officials have resigned after failing to find weapons at the Golden Dawn headquarters. Nine other policemen, two of which are at senior level, have been suspended for suspected ties to the party.

The incident has caused an uproar in Greece, and for the first time in months Golden Dawn is finally losing momentum. In the survey, 47.5% of respondents called the party a 'fascist organization', while 30.7% called them a 'criminal organization under the guise of a political party."

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has since stated that he will not allow Golden Dawn to 'undermine' democracy; government officials have added that they will now treat the party as a 'criminal organization'.

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