[ View the story "Greece's right wing: a new dawn?" on Storify] Greece's right wing: a new dawn? Amid economic woes, the extreme right makes political gains.
Storified by The Stream · Thu, May 03 2012 13:21:19
Greek voters are going to the polls on Sunday for what many are dubbing the most important election the country has seen in decades. Greece is currently reeling economically. Private sector wages shrunk by a quarter last year and unemployment stood at 21.8% in January. This chart, provided by
, shows that unemployment in Greece is currently the second worst in Europe.
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, addressed the situation in Greece below, while berating his colleagues in a European Council meeting for turning a blind eye to it.
Eurocrats Carry On Up The Khyber, Determined and Delusional, says Farageeuroparl
Within Greece, the nation's severe economic problems have led to mass discontentment with the two ruling parties — the conservative New Democracy and the Panhellic Socialist Movement (PASOK). In February, after the government approved 3.3 billion euros worth of austerity measures, angry protestors took the streets. See below.
Athens Riots - Panepistimiou Street (12/02/2012)ag250612
Athens Riots 12-02-2012 In first persondaxter8589
Protestors again took to the streets on May 1, as part of May Day rallies across the world.
#Greece MT @Duke_zappa: Riots in the area outside "vox" in Exarcheia #Athens
#rbnews #1mgr #mayday #maydaygrTheodora Oikonomides
The discontent among the populace with the political elite has led to increased support for non-mainstream parties. In particular, the far right party Golden Dawn has won significant support through intense campaigning and providing needy Greeks with basic services they would otherwise be lacking. The video below shows a Golden Dawn member at a communist workers rally in February.
Η Χρυσή Αυγή στο πλευρό των Χαλυβουργώνierax14
At neo nazi rally in Athens right now. Golden dawn party predicted to win 5% of vote in Sunday's election!Matthew Chance
But many are concerned with the implications of Golden Dawn's rise. Party members have openly praised policies of Adolf Hitler and partake in the act of fascist salutes, as seen in this photo, courtesy of blogger
Golden Dawn's party symbol is also similar to that of Hitler's Nazi party.
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The rise of the right has polarised discourse in Greece. A Greek newscaster was attacked with eggs and yoghurt last month by viewers who were incensed that he had interviewed a far-right politician on his show.
eisvoli studio ipiros tv1palmosipirou
How is a party like Golden Dawn even legal in modern Europe?Megan Greene
Good question. Should have been banned by the Constitution TR @economistmeg How is a party like Golden Dawn even legal in modern Europe?spyros gkelis
Immigration is a hot topic in the election as Golden Dawn wishes to deport all immigrants from the country. About 130,000 immigrants cross Greece's borders each year. With Golden Dawn expected to gain significant ground in the elections, the ruling parties have been forced to toughen their stance on immigration. Immigrant groups have been complaining about recent spikes in violence and the map below, provided by
Rights Equality & Diversity European Network
, supports their claims.
The government has pledged to build detention centres for 30,000 immigrants over the next few years, the first of which opened on Sunday in Amgydaleza.
#concentration #camps are back! #EU funded #Amygdaleza is designed for 1200 ppl, who are not allowed to leave