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"Heil Hitler" expelled a deputy of Golden Dawn from parliament

17 May 2013 / 17:05:48  GRReporter
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A huge scandal, which ended with the expulsion of a Golden Dawn deputy from the hall, broke out in the Greek parliament this morning. Chairman Yiannis Dragasakis from SYRIZA ordered the guards to take out of the hall the deputy of the extreme right wing, namely, Panagiotis Iliopoulos, for the curses, which he had thrown in the face of opposition leader Alexis Tsipras. This had enraged the Golden Dawners, who left in protest and some of them did not hesitate to shout the Nazi greeting "Heil Hitler".

It all started during the parliamentary control discussion. When he was given the floor to submit his question, which falls within the competence of the Ministry of Finance, the deputy of Golden Dawn called the leader of SYRIZA "Mr. Alexis" and accused him of "hibernating and waiting to wake up as prime minister."

The presiding deputy of SYRIZA Yiannis Dragasakis interrupted him with the words:

- What you are saying is a curse and it is off the subject. I am appealing to you to submit your question. Otherwise, actions will be taken.

However, the Golden Dawner continued in the same vein as a result of which the chairman ordered the head of security at parliament to be called, citing the rules of the National Assembly.

His action raised applause among the deputies of other parties. The enraged Panagiotis Iliopoulos replied with the phrase, "mind your own business, jokers," "clap your hands, deluded men", "if you want to fight for the democratic arc, we will fight for the Greek arch", "sit down, you cannot defeat nationalism."

- I deprive you of the right to speak, said Yiannis Dragasakis.

- Deprive yourself of the right to speak, the Golden Dawner replied.

- You are not in a gang here, were the next words of the chairman.

- You are the gang along with the small party to which you belong, continued to challenge Panagiotis Iliopoulos.

- I deprive you of the right to speak. Turn off the microphone. Do not record anything. Can you stop? Leave or you will be banished in a another way, warned Yiannis Dragasakis and stood up in compliance with Article 79 of the rules, which states: "Before depriving a deputy of the right to speak, the chairman of parliament shall stand and appeal to the deputy to stop behaving in an unacceptable manner. If he does not stop, the chairman shall declare the punishment of deprivation of the right to speak."

But as the deputy-Golden Dawner refused to obey his appeal, Yiannis Dragasakis announced that he would apply Article 80 of the rules of parliament, namely that "in very serious cases, the chairman may, at his discretion, offer the deputies to vote no confidence in the parliamentary improper  behaviour of the deputy, who continues to behave unacceptably, instead of taking disciplinary measures."

At this point, all members of Golden Dawn stood up and some of them shouted "Heil Hitler."

Immediately afterwards, the party issued a message that accused the media of defaming Golden Dawn. "The specific provocative phrase "Heil Hitler" was said by SYRIZA’s deputy Stavros Kondonis. We are appealing to the parrots of the system that associated it with Golden Dawn to amend their publications. Otherwise, legal action for spreading lies and slander will be taken against them," reads the message.

Greek media recall that the deputy in question has a tattoo with this particular greeting on his hand, as is clearly visible in the photo, which was circulated by the party after one of the successive campaigns of "collection of blood only for Greeks."

A little later, the particular deputy of the radical left SYRIZA party denied having said the Nazi salute in an interview for Vima FM 99.5 radio. "I'm surprised at their impudence. They are trying to shift the problem to others; this is unprecedented. The deputies of Golden Dawn and other opposition deputies expressed their dissatisfaction with the chairman by saying, "What "Heil Hitler"- how is it possible to hear such things here."

The deputy of SYRIZA said that unprecedented developments had recently taken place in the Greek parliament and recalled that two days ago, Golden Dawn deputy Christos Pappas admitted that a text praising the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was a "text from my youth".

The partners in the coalition government, PASOK and Democratic Left, welcomed the decision of chairman Yiannis Dragasakis to establish order by applying the rules of parliament.

At the same time, according to the minutes of the meeting, the phrase "Heil Hitler" was uttered by SYRIZA’s deputy George Pantzas. But on the other hand, the text does not mention all the times when the Nazi salute was heard and there were three of them at least.

Tags: PoliticsParliamentGolden DawnSYRIZANazi salute
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