Golden Dawn (also known as Chrysi Avgi in Greek), an ultra-nationalist political party in Greece, has opened an office in New York City. The party, known for its racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant views, won 7 percent of the votein May 2012 elections and has 18 representatives in the Greek parliament.
The party has adopted Nazi slogans and symbols. For example, Golden Dawn’s logo closely resembles a swastika. In addition, the media reports that the party openly displays copies of Hitler’s Mein Kamf as well as other racist and anti-Semitic tracts at its headquarters. At rallies, Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, has shouted slogans that are associated with the Nazis and has reportedly given the Nazi salute at a town meeting. He is also a Holocaust denier.
Artemios Mathaiopoulos, another Golden Dawn party member who was sworn in to the Greek parliament in July 2012, is a former member of a rock band known for its virulently anti-Semitic and racist lyrics.
Members of the party have also carried out violent attacks on immigrants and foreign workers in different parts of Greece, and have attacked opposition leaders. In addition, the party has called for placing landmines along the Greece-Turkey border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country.
Golden Dawn has also proposed that “only men and women of Greek descent and consciousness should have full political rights.”
According to Golden Dawn’s Web site for its New York City office, the party’s goal is “to promote and support the Golden Dawn’s nationalist ideals and vision for Greece among the Greek diaspora.” The party talks about resisting “the genocidal multi-culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order.”
In New York, Golden Dawn claims to have carried out a clothing and food drive, as well as a medical drive. The collected items were allegedly shipped to the party’s headquarters in Greece, where Golden Dawn insists they will only be distributed to Greeks.