Greece Elections: Ultra-Nationalists Golden Dawn Celebrate Parliamentary First

Telegraph (London), May 7, 2012

The ultra nationalist far right party Golden Dawn supporters celebrated on Sunday after exit polls showed them winning between 5 to 7 per cent of the vote, enough for them to gain representation in parliament for the first time in Greek history.

Golden Dawn Leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos shouted “The Europe of the nations returns, Greece is only the beginning” as he walked towards party headquaters and pledged to deal with illegal immigrants first.

Supporters clapped and chanted party slogan “Greece belongs to Greeks”.

Golden Dawn, an extreme right nationalist party with patriotic symbolism and an anti-immigrant stance, has tapped into nationalist sentiment rising in the country after the strict European Union/IMF-imposed bailout terms helped plunge Greece into economic turmoil.

The party’s gain in popularity is seen as an indication of the extent of public anger, as polls showed it taking an unprecedented 6-8 per cent of the vote.

Under the country’s proportional representation system this would allow an extreme right party to enter parliament for the first time since the fall of a military dictatorship in 1974, with around 20 or so seats out of 300.

“The resistance of Golden Dawn against the bailout dictators will continue. Inside and outside the Greek parliament. We will continue the battle for Greece. Free from the international speculators. For a proud and independent Greece. For Greece without the bailout slavery and the loss of our national sovereignty,” said Michaloliakos at a news conference after the first exit polls were made public.

The party’s ‘political career’ kicked off in 2010 when its leader Michaloliakos was elected to Athens city council, where he made a Hitler style salute that caused a furore.

The party has claimed that Nazi salutes used by some of its members do not define the group and rejects the Nazi tag, calling itself nationalist, and whose emblem of an ancient Greek decorative border called a meander, which resembles a swastika, symbolizes bravery and endless struggle.

If confirmed, the election results could plunge Greece into new political turmoil, re-igniting a euro zone debt crisis first lit by Athens in 2009 and starting it down a path that could take it out of the euro.

The two pro-bailout parties, the New Democracy party and Socialist rival PASOK, won jointly only 149 out of 300 seats, creating a hung parliament and failing to win a majority that would have allowed them to form a coalition, thus putting at risk the policies that have shielded Athens from bankruptcy and a euro exit.

After exit polls, New Democracy led with around 19 per cent of the vote. PASOK was in third place, trailing the anti-bailout Left Coalition party.

After gaining the largest share of votes, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras is expected to get the first shot at forming a government. But with PASOK beaten to third place, the two must woo one of the five parties opposed to Greece’s latest bailout package if they are to renew their partnership.

 

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  • MissBonnie123

    The Golden Dawn worked at the grassroots level to help the Greek people who needed food and protection. This helped them to gain representation. Also, the Golden Dawn Leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, was not afraid to be bold and tell the truth.

    We white nationalists in America need to start performing helpful activities to our people at the grassroots level.

    • I’m just curious, what do you mean by this?  There are two kinds of White People so I’m just wondering which White People you’re talking about here and what type of advocacy.

      • MissBonnie123

        I am referring to White people who believe that different races and ethnic groups create different types of countries and the race or ethnic group that has the power is the group that will dominate our government, economy, academia, etc. Therefore, White people of European descent would need to continue to be the dominant group in America in order to bring our country back to its former self.

        Notice I said “bring our country back to its former self.” This is because I am fully aware that the global elitists and White liberals (one of the types of White people I think you are referring to) are destroying our heritage, culture, economy, etc. Of course, this means we, as a people, who believe that our country is being destroyed AND know why, have to take our power back. It means that White people would have to strongly demand that law and order, for example, be brought back instead of the Mexican-style law and order we have now. This includes protecting our borders and placing a long-term moratorium on immigration.

        It also means bringing back a system whereby people are hired based on their abilities and NOT their race or ethnicity. Therefore, affirmative action would need to be eliminated.

        Etc. etc. etc.

        At the grassroots level, we could begin by feeding OUR people, giving clothing to OUR people, tutoring OUR children in public schools. This is how people see that you and  the political party you represent take action. Your party is more likely to receive votes in the future because you’ve made a name for it in the community.

        • I should have spelled it out.  I was talking about pro-asian white people, not Liberals or Global Elitists.  They’re not a problem for me as they are just so extremely easy to beat.  Their logic is so severely flawed, so flawed, tearing down their argument can be done in ten words or less.

          As for advocating, I used to do that but not anymore.  I can’t fight for people who are fine with things like the “Office of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” or Wells Fargo’s Five Billion Dollar set aside loan money specifically set aside for asians or charter banks for asians and the numerous other asian privileges.

          Too many white people praise them as being highly intelligent and so intelligent in fact, they’re smarter than White People yet for people who are supposedly so intelligent, they sure do need an awful lot of special help from the Government, Banks and Businesses.

          As for your mexican style law and order, that means nothing to me.  I see no difference between being overrun by hispanics/blacks and being overrun by asians.

          I don’t want to sound like I don’t help anyone because I do but I only help White People who are like me but that’s it.  I just happen to believe that if you like asians, the asians should be the ones helping you and since they make more money than Americans, they can afford it.

          59.9% of Indian-Americans work in top managerial positions – $69,470
          – the median income of Indian-American families, nearly double the median income of all American families — $38,885

          I wish you well in your endeavor.

    • bluegrass91

      I have contemplated this is the best starting path for White Nationalism’s formative years, as simple grass-roots activism and charity will produce more sincere and authentic support than any major 5 minute spotlight on a media outlet.

      What would be fascinating is how the liberal establishment would react to a major food drive for poor whites only.  They would likely send blacks families out to receive the charity, in hoping to have a “gotcha!” moment in our awful and racist ways.  

      This, alongside financial support in bringing in White South Africans and host of other possible ideas are the current best course of action. 

      • StivD

        Wouldn’t it be incredible if the cradle of Western civilization is where the revitalization of the West began again.

    • StivD

      Yes, there are too many people who focus on convincing the people at the top.  People like Ivory Tower eggheads, technocrats, and the financially well-off.  Even white or race realist, however far they may lean towards some healthy racial instincts, they still care far more for their own class and people; their kind of white, not the rest of us.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/06/golden-dawn-far-right-greece?newsfeed=true

    “No one should fear me if they are a good Greek citizen. If they are traitors – I don’t know,” Michaloliakos said.

    Flanked by two muscly aides, he later told a news conference: “Those who betray this country – it’s time for them to be afraid. We are coming.”

    He did not elaborate, but added: “We will fight to free Greece from the global loan sharks, for a Greece of dignity and independence, and for a Greece that is not a social jungle with all these millions of illegal immigrants that were brought here.”

  • The party’s gain in popularity is seen as an indication of the extent of
    public anger, as polls showed it taking an unprecedented 6-8 per cent
    of the vote.

    So voting for Golden Dawn was just a “protest vote,” or an “extension of anger,” while everyone who voted for any one of the other parties voted out of pure ideology.  Gotcha.

    This is the canard they always spout when a hard- to far-right winger does well in an election.  Our media did it a lot in PJB’s electoral heyday.

    • SintiriNikos

      Agreed QD, that there is a double-standard here. Although Golden Dawn was indeed a mere blip in the electoral radar, garnering about 0.30% as recently as 2009. Dawn members themselves ackowledge that all these Greeks that threw their support behind them this year did not suddenly become nationalist overnight, they are just angry and fed up with the eternal centrist-leftist one-two punch of ND-Pasok lo all these decades since the junta government fell. But agreed, the media treats new waves of votes for the fringe leftist parties like the Coalition of the Radical Left and the Communist Party as bona fide support for these clowns.

      •  If they went from practically zero to 7% in three years, those can’t all be protest votes for the sake of protest votes.  Because there were a lot of parties to choose from.  Those new voters must have already had or acquired nationalist proclivities, but in between 2009 and 2012, GD passed some critical mass of viability.

        • Oil Can Harry

          QD, you must be referencing the late Peter Jennings’ reaction to the ’94 elections where the Republicans took over the House:

          He termed America “a nation full of uncontrolled two-year old rage… The voters had a temper tantrum last week.”

          •  The generic vote was 51.5% R, 44.7% D.  I’m sure that was a “protest vote,” too, though a majority is a majority and doesn’t really have to protest anything.

            I was watching Dan Rather that night, who was constantly portraying the news that night as “bad news.”

        • I think a sizable portion of every European nation (especially Southern and Eastern ones) consists of people with “nationalist proclivities”, but don’t realize yet that the need for political nationalism is immediate and pressing. GD is, furthermore, NOT a party of liberals posturing as nationalists, like the Scottish National Party and Sinn Fein. They are the real deal, and so this winning of 7% is of huge importance. This is how an avalanche starts.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    If the exit polls turn out to be correct, this is very good news indeed.
    Golden Dawn are Nationalist and are determined to stand up to the financial bullies at the ECB & IMF.
    We could do with a Golden Dawn party here in the UK, instead all we have is a pathetic, clapped-out, BNP; mainly because the egotistical Nick Griffin won’t let anybody outshine him, like Jonathan Bowden, for instance.

    • and they are not just financial bullies in Brussels.  They are infringing the right of the Greek Church to provide for Christian norms.  for example, there was a fight while back where the EU wanted to require Mount Athos to allow women into their monastery, where they traditionally have not even allowed female livestock.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Glen Beck showed the Nazi video, and he correctly said that if America doesn’t solve its debt problem now, our future will include a large part of America agreeing with Nazis.

    The Greek gent really did make sense…

    • JohnEngelman

      I think the more serious problem is unemployment. 

      • StivD

        Worse than that is a decline in the standard of living. Although they go together too. But wages have been stagnant for awhile.

  • Mahound

    I can sense a certain anger in the voice of the Golden Dawn leader when he speaks. I do like the non-compromising stance they take, although it’s not exactly clear to me how they would go about solving Greece’s economical problems.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/9250142/Greece-elections-Ultra-nationalists-Golden-Dawn-celebrate-parliamentary-first.html

      The ultra nationalist far right party Golden Dawn supporters celebrated on Sunday after exit polls showed them winning between 5 to 7 per cent of the vote, enough for them to gain representation in parliament for the first time in Greek history.

      Golden Dawn Leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos shouted “The Europe of the nations returns, Greece is only the beginning” as he walked towards party headquaters and pledged to deal with illegal immigrants first.

      Supporters clapped and chanted party slogan “Greece belongs to Greeks”.Golden Dawn, an extreme right nationalist party with patriotic symbolism and an anti-immigrant stance, has tapped into nationalist sentiment rising in the country after the strict European Union/IMF-imposed bailout terms helped plunge Greece into economic turmoil.

      The party’s gain in popularity is seen as an indication of the extent of public anger, as polls showed it taking an unprecedented 6-8 per cent of the vote.

      Under the country’s proportional representation system this would allow an extreme right party to enter parliament for the first time since the fall of a military dictatorship in 1974, with around 20 or so seats out of 300.

      “The resistance of Golden Dawn against the bailout dictators will continue. Inside and outside the Greek parliament. We will continue the battle for Greece. Free from the international speculators. For a proud and independent Greece. For Greece without the bailout slavery and the loss of our national sovereignty,” said Michaloliakos at a news conference after the first exit polls were made public.

  • I wish there were a website out there that delineated Golden Dawn’s political platform. All I see is the nonsense portrayed in the news that apparently they want to physically beat immigrants or other such fantastic nonsense.

    • The__Bobster
    •  To translate the Golden Dawn website that The_Bobster lists, go to
      http://translate.google.com/   and the cursor is already positioned in a box. Cut and past the Golden Horn website address into the box,  (it will look huge and horrible because it will be all unicode?). Move up a little and click translate.
      And there you have it, into English. Very bad translation, but some of it readable, and clicking on like the ideology site link at Golden Dawn continues to translate into English.
      Some of it gives a little idea. A lot is impossible. A little is hilarious, as are all mechanical translations.
      ps I went to the site that Bobster gives, and copied the site address (in Greek) and pasted that into the translate.google.com box.

      • The__Bobster

        Thanks for the help. It was all Greek to me. 😉

  •  This is all very well and good, but I’m more interested in what happens now that they’ve taken power.

    So many ‘far-right’ groups get power after such a long period of struggle only to throw it away with a single term where they do absolutely nothing. 

    If they want to continue to gain more and more votes, they must show visible results and keep themselves and their accomplishments firmly in the mind of the people.

    • SintiriNikos

      Michael, Golden Dawn did not gain power; they merely earned around 7% of the vote, winning 21 of 300 Parliament seats. But point well-taken, it remains to be seen if their elected MPs perform, thereby improving the party’s prospects for future inroads.

  • Nationalism is America’s ONLY solution.
    Ugly as it will be. 

  • Carney3

    Nazi salutes equals permanent failure.  They will never enter government, never be allowed to influence policy on the key issues such as immigration.  A real shame the Greeks indulged in a temper tantrum over their long German-financed holiday from reality coming to a long overdue end, and lunged for the most extreme available option instead of the much more serious and potentially long-term viable Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), which Golden Dawn’s gains came directly at the expense of.  LAOS has stances such as 

    -No accession of Turkey to the European Union
    -Ban immigration from outside the European Union and deport all illegal immigrants.
    -Opposition to the European Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty

    But it is still a party that could at least potentially be joined to a coalition government and push policy in the proper direction.  Golden Dawn will be kept out via a cordon sanitaire at all costs.

  • jeffaral

    After reading some posts below, I feel some people don’t have a clue of what Golden Dawn stands for.  They have nothing to do with conservatives like the zionist Tea Party supporters in Amerika.   Golden Dawn is essentially National-revolutionary, therefore they are not politicians but soldiers who are willing to put their lives on the line for their people and country.   Got it now folks???

  •  They also produce fine brandy (Metaxa) and splendid hats (Greek fisherman caps).

  • StivD

    Yeah,  several  scattered often nomadic tribes hostile to one another really made, or could’ve made, a nation.  They were as much squatters as anyone else, if you want to look at it that way.