The excellent website fachowatch.com reported a few days ago that a cell of Greece’s fascist party Golden Dawn was active in the Montreal area. Members of this neo-Nazi party colected non-perishable food and other basic goods in the Parc-Extension district, which they then sent to Golden Dawn headquarters to be exclusively distributed to “genuine Greeks” who are suffering from the crisis shaking this country.
Despite the efforts of people in charge of fachowatch.com, the case did not seem to interest the mainstream media in Montreal: in fact, Toronto’s National Post was the first to disclose the news to the general public. The newspaper quoted the cell’s “deputy leader,” Spiros Macrozonaris, who claimed it already had over 150 members.
Once considered a small and unimportant group, Golden Dawn has recently become major player in Greek politics. In the elections last June, they won nearly 7% of the vote and had 18 of 300 MPs elected to the Greek parliament. Their henchmen specialize in attacking migrants; one of their favorite tactics is to stop buses and remove passengers they suspect of not being “real Greeks” before beating them and leaving them on the sidewalk.
Some have thought that their entrance into parliament would cause them to become more moderate, but the exact opposite happened. The group recently released a new video in which a gang of thugs —including Golden Dawn parliamentarians— ransacked a flea market operated by migrant people.
A recent articule by The Guardian’s Helena Smith reports that “far from being tamed, parliamentary legitimacy appears only to have emboldened” the most extremist Golden Dawn supporters. The newspaper describes the increasingly evident link between Golden Dawn and the police, with whom collaboration is now openly happening. The Guardian quotes several witnesses, including “an eloquent US-trained civil servant” who was referred to the party by police when she tried to report an incident her mother was a victim. The police officer candidly explained her that crimes in which immigrants are allegedly involved must now be reported directly to the neo-Nazi party instead of the police…
The crisis has hit the Greek masses hard, as the state is implementing harsh austerity measures imposed by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. For the past two years, mass resistance has caused a profound social and political crisis that has raised fears among the Greek and European bourgeoisie about the emergence of a revolutionary situation. The “Fascist Temptation” now appears as not only useful but perhaps necessary alternative for the ruling class, who wants to divert the anger of the masses towards another target and disorganize the proletariat.
The crisis is world-wide, so people’s resistance must be too. Fascist vermin are a danger to the whole working class and they have no more place in Montreal than in Athens —no matter under which flag it flies.
(Caption: A demonstration against Greece’s fascist party Golden Dawn.)