The controversial leader of Chrysi Avgi made his comments on Contra TV
. He has denied his party is neo-Nazi and has now publicly expressed his contempt for the birthplace of Nazism. He also warned that journalists and bloggers who link the recent spate of attacks on migrants to his party will be sued.
Members of Golden Dawn who succeed in being elected to Parliament will remain immune from prosection for their term of office, if linked to any attacks.
With latest polls
indicating that Golden Dawn will be represented in Parliament following the June 17 elections, albeit with a drop from seven to four percent elections, Athens News published details of an interesting poll questioning football fans on their voting intentions. Ten percent of PAOK fans support Golden Dawn, higher than other supporters of rival teams. Panathinaikos fans registered 7.6 percent, Olympiakos fans 7 percent, both higher than the national average, whilst fans of Aek Athens polled only 3.6 percent, below the national average.
In the light of Golden Dawn receiving primarily negative publicity Digital Journal spoke to a former New Democracy supporter who has changed his support to Golden Dawn, but is not a party member, to find out why the far-right party was his voting choice in the May 6 election and why his vote would remain with them in the forthcoming election. Yannis, who preferred not to give his surname, told Digital Journal that he could not support any of the crooks who had represented Greece in the past, but decided to support Golden Dawn due to his concerns over escalating crime carried out by illegal immigrants.
Citing a recent incident
when robbers armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles robbed a Kalamata bank; another where Romanian motorcyclists robbed a bank with Kalashnikovs north of Kalamata; the surge in local crime carried out by Albanians and gypsies, Yannis said the "situation is getting out of hand and we need someone to represent us in Parliament who is prepared to put crime at the top of the agenda."
When asked how he felt about reports linking Golden Dawn to attacks on migrants he said he did not condone violence but could "understand the frustrations some people felt particularly if they knew people whose homes had been burgled or had been victims of crime."
Yannis also expressed concern at the prospect of Albanian representation in Parliament, citing how increased immigration would lend support to the possibility of an Albanian party infiltrating the political process as they did in Kosovo. He thinks Golden Dawn may be the best party to publicly denounce such intents.
However, despite his intent to vote for Chrysi Avgi, Yannis's vote remains first and foremost a protest vote, though he does think a smattering of Golden Dawn politicians would keep the next government focused on crime and illegal immigration.