Leaders of Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi party of Greece, visited New York during the weekend of October 26 to meet with supporters. The Golden Dawn New York conference featured Georgios Epitideios, a former general and Golden Dawn member of the European Parliament, and Michalis Giannagkonas, head of the party’s West Attica Division. The gathering was held in Astoria, a historically Greek-American neighborhood of New York, where the New York offshoot of Golden Dawn was established in September 2012.
Golden Dawn New York posted several pictures of the event on their website, which depict Epitideios and Giannagkonas speaking at a meeting and then visiting various sites in Astoria, where they reportedly spoke to Greek-Americans about the political situation in Greece. Greek-American leaders and Greek-American civic organizations have strongly condemned Golden Dawn. The attendance at their New York events suggests little support in the Greek-American community for the extremist party, which is known for attacking immigrants in Greece and for its anti-Semitism.
More than a dozen of Golden Dawn’s leaders were arrested in Greece last year for participating in a criminal organization and are awaiting trial. Recent polls in Greece show Golden Dawn with about 6% support, in third place behind the far-left Syriza party (27%) and the governing conservative party, New Democracy (24%).
Golden Dawn New York’s website is filled with anti-Semitic propaganda. In a September 2014 article, the group claimed that the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ) is a creation of the Israeli Mossad. Other articles talk about alleged Zionist control of the government in Greece.
White supremacists in the U.S. are ardent supporters of Golden Dawn in Greece, and one who attended the event was Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network. American white supremacist websites, including the American Freedom Party and the Internet forum Stormfront, posted pictures of this past weekend’s event in New York.