Greek Neo-Nazis Plot US Expansion
Golden Dawn's overtures not going over so well among ex-pats
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2013 4:36 AM CDT
Golden Dawn supporters in Thessaloniki celebrate last year's election results.   (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

(Newser) – Greece's fiercely anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party has a new group it's targeting for membership: emigrants. A rep for the party (which uses a swastika-like logo) says it has decided to create cells "wherever there are Greeks"; it intends to set up offices in Germany, Australia, Canada, and the US to seek recruits among a Greek diaspora estimated to number 7 million, the Guardian reports. The neo-Nazis' biggest push so far has been in the US, home to around 3 million people of Greek heritage, many of whom have retained close ties to their homeland. And while the party has reportedly opened a branch in Germany, Alternet notes that an attempt to open an office in Astoria, New York, didn't go so well.

Greek community leaders in the US have angrily denounced the organization, saying Golden Dawn's beliefs are not welcome in a community that experienced persecution at the hands of the KKK and took part in the civil rights struggle, with spiritual leader Archbishop Iakovos marching alongside Martin Luther King. "These people and their principles will never be accepted in our community. Their beliefs are alien to our beliefs and way of life," says the co-founder of the Hellenic American Leadership Council.

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CommentsOnArticles
Apr 4, 2013 9:42 PM CDT
How sad...people with nothing but hate in their heart. If all the people in this world that hate began looking instead for ways to truly improve themselves, everyone in this world would benefit. Stop and think about this.
Imhotep
Apr 3, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
Not to worry. World War three is just around the corner . We''ll all be a pile of ashes in a few more years and no one will be left to hate.
seapeamp
Apr 3, 2013 1:28 AM CDT
Golden Dawn = Neo-Nazis? I wonder if Rob Quinn or any of the other brainwashed zombies commenting on this story would call the Tibetans who oppose Chinese "immigration" a bunch of Neo-Nazis. Unlike the Golden Dawn, the Tibetans don't use swastika-like logos... they use ACTUAL SWASTIKAS! People like to say they're anti-racist but what they really are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.