Golden Dawn Recruiting Schoolchildren
Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which has actively been recruiting high schoolers to indoctrinate them, has been giving what it calls “national awareness” lessons to elementary school students aged 6-10 to teach them “Greek ideals,” its officials have admitted.
On its website, Golden Dawn said that more than 20 children took part in a tutorial at the party’s offices in Artemida, eastern Attica, on Feb. 23, and were shown educational videos, taught the virtues of the ancient Greek gods and the Christian faith and Greek Orthodox Church.
It was not reported whether they were also taught about the party’s platform to rid Greece of immigrants and its anti-gay, anti-Semitic extremist views on religion and nationalism.
The party, which gained 6.9 percent of the vote in the June elections to win 18 seats in Parliament and is rising in popularity, said that parents were advised to bring their children at specific times to the future tutorials that would ensure the “rebirth of the Greek spirit,” the newspaper Kathimerini reported.
…The party’s Nikolaos Michaloliakos, called Hitler “a great personality of history” and said the Holocaust that killed six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of gays, gypsies and other targets of the Third Reich never happened. He has denied supporting Nazi tenets, although Mein Kamp was on display at party headquarters.
Samaras, now the chief of the New Democracy party once headed by Mitsotakis, has yet to denounce Golden Dawn’s alleged participation in beating immigrants and pushing for blasphemy arrests, but has adopted its position against immigrants.
…Some 30,000 black-clad neo-Nazis rallied in Athens last month in support of Golden Dawn party, Reuters reported. Billed as a remembrance rally, the event was held to honor three “fallen heroes” of the party. Men dressed in military fatigues, baseball caps and swastikas lit torches and fired flares, chanting anti-immigration slogans.
“We are winning the hearts and minds of the people, because we say it as it is,” Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris told supporters. “These politicians who have ruled us for decades are crooks. They have betrayed our national interests. They have led us to humiliating defeats,” he said, referring to a 1996 dispute with fellow NATO member Turkey, when three Greek air force pilots were killed in a dispute over an Aegean island before the US intervened, forcing both sides to back down.