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Xenophobic Rhetoric

Xenophobic Rhetoric The leader of the ultra-right party "Golden Dawn" Nikolaos Michaloliakos.

Xenophobic manifestations in Greece are generally related to the parliamentary party “Golden Dawn”, yet they are not the only ones. Press Secretary of the Golden Dawn party and Mayoral candidate in Athens Ilias Kasidiaris said on February 16, 2014: “We are citizens of Athens, and not those who came from Bangladesh. The city budget will only be used to help the citizens of Athens. Not illegal immigrants, not Pakistanis, not Afghanis, no one who comes to Greece to commit crime”.

On April 15, 2014 Greek MP from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Ilias Panayotaras gave an interview to Australian television programme “60 Minutes”, where he called Adolf Hitler a “great man”, noting that Dawn would solve all problems in Greece if it had the opportunity to take law in its hands. He also said that homosexuality is a disease.

In the election of 2015, "Golden Dawn" actively supported the anti-Islamic theme. "If we vote for the Golden Dawn, then there will be no mosques, and in Athens, and not somewhere," said candidate for People's Deputies Ilyas Panagiotaros during one of the rally. Then he stated that Muslims come to Greece in order to "steal, kill and rape, they built hundreds of mosques in our districts, and no one does about it." These are typical statements of activists of the party, which could be heard during the entire election campaign. It is characteristic that according to its results, the "Golden Dawn" still received one seat less than in the previous elections.

On September 30, Golden Dawn MP Mihail Arvanitis said in Parliament that Greek Jews are avoiding tax.

On December 16, Panos Kammenos, leader of a small right-wing party called Independent Greeks, repeated the same statement.

In January, Nea Demokratia MP Sofia Voltepsi called refugees “unarmed invaders” and “tools in the hands of the Turks”.

On January 30, Minister of Order and Protection of Citizens of Greece Nikos Dendias made a speech, complaining about the “low quality” of immigrants arriving to the country. According to him, Greece is in a “tragic” situation in regards to immigration: “The difference is that, for example, Sweden receives immigrants from the former USSR, who have a certain level of education. In a broader sense, they can even be called Europeans. We, however, get people from Bangladesh and Pakistan.”

Minister stated that people from these countries “belong to a completely different culture, they live in a world different from ours.” At the same time, Dendias stressed that he did not mean to belittle anyone’s dignity with his words.

On December 2, Minister of Justice Charalambos Athanasiou advocated strongly against legalising same-sex marriage despite the European Court Resolution of 2013, according to which not listing same-sex marriage as a legal civil union goes against the European Convention for Human Rights. Athanasiou said, “This is a country that respects traditions, respects the human nature, according to which same-sex marriage is simply impossible.” He added that he will not even consider this issue.

In May 2015, Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka stopped the unveiling of a memorial to the city’s 1,484 Jews that were killed by Nazi troops, because it featured the Star of David. Tsanaka was elected mayor in 2014, backed by conservative New Democracy. Her decision was backed by the majority of the city’s municipal council. After three days Mrs Tsanaka apologized to members of the Jewish community and pledged that the inauguration, originally scheduled for May, was held on 7 of June.

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