|Members of the Fascist Golden Dawn Party demonstrating in Athens.|
The group has established representation in the Greek Government and
has many members in the Greek Police force. Unfortunately, The Golden
Dawn Party has begun to recruit in Queens, NY!
The Greek Police claim it is part of their crackdown on Illegal immigration which they have labeled, Operation Xenios Zeus, strangely named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality. Unfortunately, Greece in its economic crisis austerity, needs tourism, but the extreme right wing xenophobic nationalism of the Golden Dawn Fascist political party has permeated and infected the Greek Police force from top to bottom. Greece had been obsessed for years by the mass exodus of its citizens emigrating to other countries, now they are afraid that foreigners might be trying to enter Greece. Admittedly, Greece is a entry portal for Europe from the Middle East and Northern Africa, but most illegals coming into Greece are trying to get somewhere else, fast. The violence has been experienced by corporate businessmen, academics and any one who is legitimately in the country and randomly is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There was a BBC article today which documents the experiences of Korean and American tourists who were brutally beaten after being arrested for looking non Greek. It doesn't matter if you have a passport or documents. You are dealing with xenophobic hate inspired fascist violence. If you were a victim of the Greek police, you cannot expect them to compensate you or even admit their involvement. Greece may need tourism bucks, but until they learn to curb their fascist nationalistic brutality, STAY OUT OF GREECE!