"I know I will provoke both my friends and enemies but the Memorandum is distorting the assessment and ways of expression of politicians. This is because they have to talk about their real responsibilities instead of telling stories about what will happen in the future... SYRIZA wants the Communist Party, so let them work together. But why not assume then that a more serious Golden Dawn could support a more conservative coalition, as happens in many other European countries, such as Norway." These words of journalist Babis Papadimitriou in his comments on the results of the latest survey of the political developments in Greece have provoked a strong response in the Greek public space.
"What does "a more serious" Golden Dawn mean? Is it that they would fight less?" various commentators are wondering in the social media, illustrating with pictures the probable meaning of the journalist’s words.
"What is this man talking about? What is the "more serious" version of Golden Dawn? Is it Nazis who do not fight and help old women cross the street? What has the nationalist party in Norway to do with the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn? Why is this man so irresponsible?"
"The Norwegian Progress Party has so much to do with Golden Dawn as Panaiki football team with Milan. For God's sake! And if you do not know, you should keep your mouth shut."
"A more serious Golden Dawn" is something like a "moderate terrorist" are only some of the reprimands regarding the substance of the proposal.
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According to other commentators, Papadimitriou’s statement is nothing more than an expression of the demands of the so-called "people's right". They argue that this statement of the journalist is part of the thesis which a large number of the followers of the right wing support, namely that Golden Dawn cannot be crushed by conflicts and controversy, which have had just the opposite effect, but by being involved in the "system". That is for the party to be included in the classic political system and to lose its "anti system" properties to which its rise is due, even if this means being given a piece of power in controlled doses. Some are even giving the example of George Karatzaferis’ LAOS party which had attracted the votes of nationalists and which had eventually dropped out when it had been gradually involved in the system. According to them, why couldn’t something like this happen to Golden Dawn!
Whether pronouncing someone else’s words or not, the journalist who is called a "letter box" of certain economic interests has even incurred the wrath of his traditional audience. Surely, one has to be a man of vision in order to imagine in ministerial chairs and limousines Nikos Mihaloliakos, Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panagiotaros, George Germenis and the other deputies, the majority of whom find it even difficult to express themselves.
Golden Dawners’ response was not late in coming and it is completely in the style they want to demonstrate, angry and provocative. Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, whom various commentators are highlighting as a candidate for mayor of Athens, has picked up the gauntlet, stating, "Golden Dawn will be in a coalition only with itself. We will never forget the traitors of New Democracy who have brought the country to this situation." He continues below, "I recall that thousands of educated young people are members of Golden Dawn; they are the new generation that will soon take over the country and help it rise."
Meanwhile, a group of youths had attacked the party’s office in Thessaloniki. According to eyewitnesses, it involved more than 40 fans of the PAOK football club who threw smoke bombs, stones and other objects at the building, causing minor damage to it.
The police announced that they had captured 46 people who appeared before the prosecutor today and were later released. They do not exclude the possibility that the reason for the attack could have been the exchange of angry messages between the organization of PAOK’s fans and Golden Dawn in conjunction with Ergus Kache, a football player of Albanian origin. A week ago he posted on Facebook a photo of himself wearing a T-shirt of the Liberation Army of Kosovo, thus incurring the wrath of the fans and management of the club.
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