Stelios Vlamakis, Golden Dawn candidate, was thrown in the sea at the Venetian port of Chania [Crete] by local residents reacting to the attacks against immigrants and other residents by Golden Dawn supporters at the centre of Chania.
The incident took place on Tuesday evening. Golden Dawn members were having fun till 18:30 in the evening at a cafeteria at Apokoronou Street, downtown Chania.
Around 10 Golden Dawn members had gotten extremely drunk since early afternoon, singing various anthems and giving the Nazi salute.
The place where they were having fun is just a few meters away from an AEK [football] fan club of Chania and around 70 meters away from the offices of the local committee of KKE [the Communist Party of Greece] that are located on the same street.
Leaving from the cafeteria around 7 and moving towards the Venetian harbour, the Golden Dawn members attacked against two immigrants, according to witnesses, and came to verbal confrontation with a teacher, member of the Board the County Department of ADEDY [Civil Servants’ Confederation].
Arriving at the harbour and while keeping up this kind of behaviour, at the same time that the police were absent, the Golden Dawn members came to a dispute with store patrons and harbour visitors. Following these, people from the anarchist scene gathered together at the ‘Fountain’ square of the Venetian Harbour and scuffled with them.
During the scuffle a Golden Dawn candidate MP was thrown in the sea and two other members of the organization (43 and 23 years old) were injured and taken to Chania’s Hospital to receive the first aid.
Then came the police who arrested four members of Golden Dawn, the teacher and a waiter.
At the police station the teacher filed a lawsuit against two members of the Golden Dawn accusing them of abuse, while the GD members sued the young teacher, as well as a journalist of Chania that had not appeared at the spot of the incident at all!
Also, the GD members filed a lawsuit against four youths accusing them of the beating. Finally, with oral order of the Prosecutor the arrested were released.
According to testimonies from neighbors, GD members also attacked an officer from the NATO military force and his colleagues rushed to his defense.
Meanwhile, after the fight, members of the Communist Party marched downtown to protest the presence of the Golden Dawn.
[Translated article from ‘Ta Nea’ newspaper, 03/04/2013, found online at: http://www.tanea.gr/news/politics/article/5009884/eriksan-ypopshfio-boyleyth-ths-xryshs-ayghs-sto-limani-twn-xaniwn/]