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Greece’s Golden Dawn to form new party if banned from polls

Far-right activists say they will form National Dawn to contest elections if they are prevented from standing in elections

Helena Smith in Athens
The Guardian, Sunday 2 February 2014

A Golden Dawn supporter raises his hand in a Nazi salute during a rally in Athens.

A Golden Dawn supporter raises his hand in a Nazi salute during a rally in Athens. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/AP

After months of lying low, Greece‘s neofascist Golden Dawn party has returned to the streets, vowing to contest local and European elections under a new name to circumvent a possible ban.

The Greek far-right party, Europe‘s most violent political force, announced members would form a new outfit called National Dawn if it is prevented from participating in the poll because of an ongoing inquiry into alleged criminal activities.

“Patriots will have a party to vote for in the next election if [authorities] go ahead with the coup to ban Golden Dawn,” Ilias Kasidiaris, an MP and leading light of the party, told thousands of black-clad supporters gathered in central Athens.

“Whatever happens, we will contest the elections. Greek nationalists who have not been involved in criminal organisations, who have no criminal record, have founded a new patriotic party, the National Dawn.”…

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