In the garden outside his shop, protected by 15-foot high fencing and beefy colleagues in their black T-shirts, he (Golden Dawn’s second in command, Ilias Panagiotaros) tells me:
“Golden Dawn is at war with the political system and those who represent it, with the domestic and international bankers, we are at war with these invaders - immigrants. And if Syriza wins the next election, we will win the one after that. It is not a dream that within one, two or three years we will be the first political party.”
And here is how it looks to Laertis Vassiliou, the theatre director whose play (Corpus Christi) was shut down:
“If the European Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament, the Greek parliament don’t intervene in this situation I am afraid to think what’s going to happen. Europe must do something if they don’t want a revival of the Third Reich again.”
Close up, in other words, the social and political outcome of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and EU (European Union) austerity programme, and of the implosion of mainstream politics in Greece, looks like a catastrophe for democracy.
A report for the BBC from Paul Mason.
It highlights the deep rift created in Greece and the immediate rise of Golden Dawn and the increase of fascist support it gets every day.
Mason asked Dendias, the Greek minister for Public Order and answer about this “collusion” of police and Golden Dawn and got silence. So he tweeted:
Maybe some of our own (tv) reporters could follow his lead? (Story in Greek.)