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article imageAthens Mayor bans Golden Dawn Easter soup kitchen

By Katerina Nikolas     May 1, 2013 in World
Athens - The Mayor of Athens has refused to allow ultra-national party Golden Dawn from operating a soup kitchen in Syntagma Square on Maundy Thursday.
Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) planned to distribute free food to "our fellow citizens affected by destitution" in Holy Week. However, the Mayor of Athens, Giorgis Kaminis, has vowed to prevent the party handing out free food, Ekathimerini reports.
Traditional Easter food, including lamb and eggs, was to be distributed to thousands of Greek families. According to Proto Thema Kaminis has taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice his disapproval and issue his ban. Kaminis stated that the food distribution would send a doubly false message. It would imply there is a generalised state of destitution in the Greek capital, and send the wrong message that the authorities were willing to deal with a xenophobic charity.
Golden Dawn responded to Kaminis by stating on the party's website their intent to continue with their planned food distribution on Thursday. The party pointed out that just three days farmers were allowed to hand out free produce in the square. On other occasions when free food was distributed it was done so without dignity and thrown into the air for people to grab.
The party further called upon other political parties which have benefited from millions of euros of public funds, to demonstrate some charity. Golden Dawn members of parliament use a portion of their salaries to fund food distribution to the poor. However they have been criticised by human rights organizations for only including needy Greeks and excluding immigrants.
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