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article imageGreek government considers outlawing Golden Dawn

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 29, 2012 in Politics
As the Greek ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) soars in the polls, the government is once again considering moves to outlaw the party.
Ironically the latest bid to outlaw the democratically elected Golden Dawn has been brokered by none other than PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, whose own party has been completely decimated since the June election. In the personal popularity stakes Venizelos pales in comparison to Nikos Michaloliakos.
Digital Journal reported latest polls place PASOK on just 6.5 percent, while Golden Dawn polls 13.5 percent, standing as the third political party in Greece.
Ta Nea reported Venizelos has "set up an informal committee of lawyers to consider the possibility of outlawing Golden Dawn and blocking the party in Parliament. According to KTG Venizelos declared: “We are facing a very acute phenomenon of racist, fascist, xenophobic violence. We have in parliament an unconstitutional, nazi-style, junta-friendly, provocative party."
In Sept. Digital Journal reported Greek ministers had debated outlawing Golden Dawn but Prime Minister Antonis Samaras did not give his support to the initiative. Now KTG reports unconfirmed sources reveal Samaras and third party coalition leader Fotis Kouvelis, allegedly gave their consent if the proposal has a sound legal basis.
Currently it would be against the Greek constitution to outlaw a democratically elected party.
In an interview with Ethnikismos Chrysi Avgi leader Nikos Michaloliakos addressed the possibility of the party being outlawed. He said: "According to the Constitution Golden Dawn cannot be outlawed. Such a move will double the rate of support. Moreover there is nothing preventing us from establishing a new party."
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