New evidence of the connection between the neoliberal leading party and Golden Dawn in Greece
“A provincial branch of the neonazi Golden Dawn party was bankrolled by a wealthy businessman who was a member of New Democracy and it enjoyed immunity from the police, a Golden Dawn defector has told a leading US human rights organisation. The unidentified man told Human Rights First that the businessman gave financial backing to Golden Dawn because he wanted it to do well in the 2012 elections so that New Democracy could end its uneasy coalition with socialist Pasok and team up with Golden Dawn instead.”
“'Golden Dawn is the militia arm of New Democracy,' the businessman told the defector, who will be a witness in the forthcoming criminal case against leading Golden Dawn figures, which is due to start in November. He said the businessman also spent more than $1,500 (€1,100) on military outfits for its cadres. The businessman also paid for their offices and gave them advice, including 'Don’t go and attack migrants in the middle of the day.'”
“The defector also told Human Rights First that his Golden Dawn unit enjoyed immunity from the police. 'The police had specific orders not to touch us,' he said, adding that when four Golden Dawn members attacked two Pakistani migrants and beat them 'really, really badly', he received a phone call from the local police chief who had ties to the local Golden Dawn boss and told him the case would not be investigated. 'Once they realised they could operate with impunity, they turned to intimidation for profit, evicting recalcitrant tenants and collecting debts,' the report continues.”
“His testimony is included in a major report (pdf), published on August 14 by Human Rights First, that details the rise and the threat posed by the “hate parties” of Golden Dawn in Greece and Jobbik in Hungary.”
“Despite threats against him, the defector intends to testify that Golden Dawn was a 'criminal organization,' as the government charges. But he added that the government allowed Golden Dawn to grow for its own gain, and only decided to take legal action only when the organisation became too powerful.*”
*Within less than a month, all settled as they wanted. They knew Golden Dawn, they expected such a murder. As long as GD was murdering immigrants and doing the "dirty work", was quite useful. Just after this political assassination of a Greek citizen, the "local representatives" found the excuse to cut the unacceptably high rates of GD and restore them to a more "manageable" level of about 7%.
Meanwhile, there is an increased activity of neo-nazis lately through assaults against migrants and organizations in Athens.
A 28-year old man from Iran was stabbed 12 times in Alexandras street - Athens by men with shaved heads, wearing black t-shirts, according to his statement.
"Three men of age 28-30 on a motorcycle approached me and asked me where I am from. I understood the question because the police stops me every day and asks the same thing. I said 'from Iran'. Then, two of them came to me and punched me. The other man was waiting on the motorcycle. One of them was sitting on my stomach and the other one was hitting me. One of them was tall and strong. Then, they started to stab me. They hit me hard and when I realized that they will kill me, I put my hands on my neck and my face. The one on the motorcycle was saying 'let's go, let's go'. It lasted about one minute. They were not thieves. They didn't take my money or my cell phone."
“I tried very hard to reach a guard of the hospital Agios Savvas. I lost too much blood and I was very dizzy. After that, the police came and took my statement, then an ambulance came to take me to the Elpis hospital.”
Ashkan Najafi is 28 years old and lives in Greece for one and a half years. He described his desperate situation. He has a wife and kid in Iran, but he was forced to leave because his life was in danger:
“I came here because I thought that there is democracy in Europe and human rights are respected, that I would have a more peaceful life. Now, every time the dark falls I'm scared. My situation is worse now here, how can I bring my family, how can I go back? I don't know what to do. If you were in my place what would you do? I left my country because my life was in danger, I came here and they stabbed me because I'm a migrant. Where should I go now? Where should I go to seek for asylum?”
Early this month, another migrant from Pakistan has been attacked by five men wearing black clothes putting his life in serious danger. They were beating him for 10 minutes with brass knuckles and left him in blood.
Last Friday, a team of Golden Dawn supporters attacked against the Open School for Migrants in Pireaus. The neo-nazis have caused damage to the school, wrote slogans on walls, and reportedly stole a computer from the school premises.