THE PROBLEM IS THE GREEK GOVERNMENT, NOT ONLY GOLDEN DAWN

A torrent of world-wide publicity has followed the murder of leftist musician Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn supporter Giorgos Roupakias, two nights ago. In Greece, understandably, the discussion is even more tense. But what is missing in this discussion -partly obscured by the horrific, if murderously delayed, realization that this gang of thugs is out of control, and partly purposefully concealed by the mainstream media- is that there is a very profound sense in which Golden Dawn is not “the problem”; the problem is rather this perverse coalition of “socialist modernizers” and far-right nationalists, who are governing Greece ostensibly to safeguard its “European perspective”. Next to the thugs themselves, it is the Greek government who must bear the full responsibility not only for Golden Dawn and its crimes, but also for the fact that a brutal, racist, totalitarian agenda now forms a significant part of the Greek state’s attitude towards democracy and its institutions.

It is not Golden Dawn who created concentration camps for immigrants. Centre-left and centre-right politicians did that. Concentration camps for immigrants, drug users and homeless people were first talked about in pre-Olympic Greece, in 2004, with the purpose of “improving” the image of the streets of Athens. The Olympics were planned by the centre-left government of Kostas Simitis and took place during the centre-right government of Kostas Karamanlis. The first concentration camp was to be constructed in the old NATO army base, in Aspropyrgos. The plan never materialized due to the reaction by NGOs and left-wing parties. It was discussed again when Christos Markogiannakis took over the Ministry of Public Order, in 2009, but again was not put into practice. The one who finally gave life to the idea that a modern democracy should imprison immigrants without due process or trial in containers fenced off with barbed wire was Minister of Public Order Michalis Chrysochoidis, a “socialist” with centre-left PASOK, currently Minister of Transport in our coalition government. The creation of concentration camps was hailed as a major breakthrough by Andreas Loverdos, Minister of Public Health at the time, another “socialist”. And the practice came into full bloom under the direction of current Minister of Public Order Nikos Dendias, an MP for New Democracy, a self-described “liberal”.

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GREEK MINISTER DENDIAS’S UNIVERSITY SPEECH COPY-PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA

During his recent visit in the USA, Greek Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Mr. Nikolaos Dendias made a speech at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York. According to the Athens News Agency, the minister said later on: “I had the chance to elaborate on a subject connected to human rights and law enforcement and to analyze the huge challenges the Greek society is facing today”. It is true that Minister Dendias talked about the rule of law, the principle of proportionality, Aristotle, Plato and other stuff, before he justified his policy. However, most of the theoretical part of his speech, which was published later on both the ministry’s and his personal websites, has been found to be copy-pasted from Wikipedia and other sites. It has also been found that some of the material used by the minister has been copied with some mistakes, too…

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