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One of every two police officers voted for Golden Dawn

11 May 2012 / 14:05:48  GRReporter
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More than one out of two police officers voted for Golden Dawn in the elections last Sunday reads an article in the Greek daily To Vima. This shows the analysis of counted votes in polling stations in Athens and especially in the areas and neighbourhoods of Ambelokipi and Kesariani. Around five thousand police officers serving in the police stations in the capital voted there on a mass scale.

In most of these sections, where other citizens voted too, the rate of Golden Dawn varies between 19-24% and is the highest in the entire area of ​​Athens. For comparison, in neighbourhoods such as Agios Panteleimonas and Kipseli, where the party is considered to have a strong influence, the rates are 15-18%.

In particular, the highest election results of Golden Dawn were reported in 11 polling stations in the first constituency in Athens. According to lists, thousands of uniformed citizens, serving in the main police station of ​​the region of Athens and in other police stations, voted there. The polling stations are located in the area around the building of the central police station. 23.08% of the votes for Golden Dawn were concentrated in one of them, 22.7% in another one and 22.2% - in a third polling station.

However, the fact is that in a neighbouring polling station, located at a distance of several hundred metres, the Golden Dawn rate falls to 12-14%. Given that between 550-700 voters vote in these sections according to the voter lists and that the number of police officers is between 20-30% of voters on average, the percentage of the police officers who voted for Golden Dawn is between 45-59%.

Moreover, in four polling stations in the neighbourhood of Kesariani, where the central offices of riot forces are located and many of their members vote, the Golden Dawn rate is between 13-19%. This result is also quite impressive if compared with the results from nearby polling stations, where the party received between 7-10% of the votes.

In an interview for Alpha TV, two newly elected deputies presented the positions of the party, including placing mines in border areas and deploying troops along borders. They believe that these will protect Greece from the immigrant wave.

It appears that the election results have inspired Golden Dawn followers, who are showing their true face each passing day. A public transport controller made the familiar command, "Stand to attention" to two dark-skinned immigrants, probably from Bangladesh, who had no tickets. He added, "This is Greece" and then pushed them to the middle door of the trolley.

An elderly woman, who had also failed to punch her ticket, because the devices in trolleys are blocked upon the entry of controllers in order for irregular passengers to be caught, tried to protect them. She and another woman got off with the controllers and the two men from Bangladesh at the stop near the entrance of the parliament, where there is always a police bus.  The woman told the controller that she would file a complaint against him, but he did not care.

To her remark in the presence of police officers from the riot forces that he had no right to use physical violence against passengers and to speak in this way he shouted, "I am a fascist and a supporter of Golden Dawn. I will speak and do whatever I want."

It all ended after a ten-minute dispute, during which the controller continued to glorify fascism and make threatening gestures to the immigrants. Meanwhile, a crowd of people gathered around them, who protested against his conduct. Only witnesses who commented that not only disciplinary but also legal penalties should be imposed on the controller remained there.


Tags: PoliticsSocietyGolden DawnPolice officersElectionsIllegal immigrantsFascism
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