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article imageGreek Public Order Minister says Golden Dawn may be outlawed

By Katerina Nikolas     May 6, 2013 in World
Athens - Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias has said a constitutional review may lead to the outlawing of ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi), which consistently polls in third place with the electorate.
Dendias said “The constitutional review gives us the ability to exclude from the party system outgrowths such as Golden Dawn" Ekathimerini reported. The government contemplation of the banning of the third most popular party follows a report by the Council of Europe’s human rights watchdog which stated Greece had adequate legal grounds to ban the party.
Digital Journal reported the Council of Europe's report recommended Golden Dawn "should be isolated under legally binding international human rights conventions signed by Greece."
According to Gr. Reporter Golden Dawn have in turn stated New Democracy and PASOK should be banned due to the many scandals they have been embroiled in. The party challenged the government to find one judge to ban Golden Dawn from the political life of the nation.
Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of Golden Dawn, said of any efforts to outlaw the party: "We will not allow them to do this. Let them be aware, that if they don't drop those miserable efforts they will open the gates of Hell! I am sending them a message, in the name of Freedom, the Greek Social Nationalists are ready for anything, whether it is exile, or a cold cell."
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