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Activists of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party arrested for unlawful act

22 August 2013 / 13:08:30  GRReporter
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Late Wednesday, the police arrested eight activists of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, near the archaeological site of Delphi. Members of Golden Dawn attempted to carry out an event "under the moonlight" of "historic and educational" nature, which attracted strong reactions from the local community.

The Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party planned the event at "the holiest place of the ancient world (...)", as stated in its announcement "with reports and discussions within the educational cycle ‘Questions from Greek history’ at the archaeological site, which stays open all night once a year in August when it is full moon."

Political parties in Greece reacted angrily to the planned "use and desecration" of the archaeological monument by units of the Nazi ideology.

The PASOK Regional Committee in Phocis opposed the "unacceptable use" of the sanctuary at Delphi by people who profess fascist beliefs, demonstrating pseudo-Greek and Christian ideals."

The SYRIZA Regional Committee in Evia and Phocis also issued such a message condemning "bigoted calls for ethnic purity, which have written the blackest pages in history and killed thousands of people worldwide."

On 4 August, Golden Dawn planned a festival of youth in the park of the city of Kalamata, which, however, was thwarted. This happened following a storm of reactions and the subsequent decision of the Secretary of the Decentralised Administration in the Peloponnese to revoke permits for all events intended to be held in August at that place. 

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