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article imageGreece's Golden Dawn leader and MPs arrested

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 28, 2013 in World
Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, has been arrested, along with three prominent MPs including Ilias Kasidiaris, on charges of forming a criminal organization.
Ever since the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas on September 17, by alleged Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias, Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) has been under the spotlight. Ongoing investigations culminated in the arrest of the party leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, on Saturday morning.
According to Ekathimerini charges include "money laundering, assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder and blackmail."
In addition to the four MPs arrested, 10 party members were taken into custody and a further 30 arrest warrants have been issued. Hundreds of supporters have gathered outside party headquarters holding the Greek flag.
Earlier this week Michaloliakos indicated the party may withdraw from parliament, a move which could potentially trigger national elections. Golden Dawn currently hold 18 parliamentary seats.
Golden Dawn had risen to the rank of third most popular party in Greece, and Ilias Kasidiaris was leading the polls for the role of Mayor of Athens, prior to the murder of Fyssas. Giorgos Roupakias, a former Communist party member was arrested for the murder and allegedly is now a Golden Dawn member. The Slog provides the most pertinent analysis of the political machinations behind the murder which benefits the Samaras coalition and deflects attention away from the on going economic crisis.
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