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Ten Greek police officers linked to Golden Dawn crimes | GlobalPost

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A probe conducted by Greek police‘s internal affairs department has connected 10 officers to neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn‘s criminal activities, authorities said Wednesday.

“Overall 15 officers were arrested for various crimes… 10 of them were directly or indirectly linked to criminal activities of Golden Dawn,” the head of the internal affairs department Panagiotis Stathis said during a press conference.

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias ordered the investigation at the end of September, following allegations of police officers covering up or tolerating the neo-Nazi party’s illegal activities.

The internal affairs department also investigated alleged police involvement in incidents of racist attacks.

“Between 2009 and October 2013, there was a huge rise in officers’ involvement in incidents of extreme police behaviour, which reached a peak in 2012,” Stathis said.

“Greek police is conducting a self-cleansing operation,” Dendias added in a separate statement.

Authorities are cracking down on Golden Dawn following the murder of an anti-fascist rapper on September 18 by a self-confessed neo-Nazi.

Six of the party’s elected MPs have so far been charged in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into the group.

Three have been placed in pre-trial detention in a high-security Athens prison, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos who is accused of running a criminal organisation.

Once just a fringe party, Golden Dawn has benefitted from a rise in social tensions in the heavily indebted country.

It was first elected into parliament last year, winning 18 seats, making it the country’s third most popular party.

Court documents have linked Golden Dawn to two murders, three attempted murders and numerous assaults, while witnesses have testified that senior party members were involved in migrant beatings, extortion and possible arms smuggling.

Police have long been accused by rights groups and Greek opposition parties of turning a blind eye to Golden Dawn’s activities.

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Neo-Nazi organization plans rally in Kansas City on Nov. 9 | fox4kc.com

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Neo-Nazi organization known for promoting white supremacy plans to hold a rally in Kansas City next month.

The organization, known as the National Socialist Movement, plans to hold a public rally at the Jackson County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 9. Other activities are planned for Friday, Nov. 8.

via Neo-Nazi organization plans rally in Kansas City on Nov. 9 | fox4kc.com.

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Greek leftists clash with Golden Dawn supporters | eNCA

Supporters of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn hold Greek flags and shout slogans as they demonstrate on October 26, 2013. Picture: AFP

ATHENS - Greek leftists and members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn faced off in Athens on Saturday over a protest organised against the indictment of several Golden Dawn members in a government crackdown.

Hundreds of leftist protesters and some 2,000 neo-Nazi supporters gathered near Golden Dawn offices in central Athens, an reporter on the scene said.

Police trucks were positioned to keep the rival groups apart, before the leftists dispersed without incident.

The wife of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, who is in jail awaiting trial, said the party had “millions” of supporters and would emerge triumphant.

“Millions of Greeks follow us. Rest assured that with our leader in the front line, we will take our country back,” Eleni Zaroulia told the crowd.

Anti-fascist groups wanted to stop the Golden Dawn gathering from going ahead altogether.

“Put the murderers in prison and smash the para-state of Golden Dawn,” read a banner carried by the protesters, alluding to the neo-Nazis suspected sympathies among Greek police.

The demonstration came as authorities prepared to hit additional senior Golden Dawn members with fresh charges as early as next week, following a move by parliament to cut the party’s state funding.

Golden Dawn leader Michaloliakos, deputy party leader Christos Pappas and party MP Yiannis Lagos are already being held in a high-security Athens prison on charges of running or belonging to a criminal group.

In total six of the party’s MPs have been charged in connection with the investigation, which was prompted by the murder of an anti-fascist musician by a self-confessed neo-Nazi last month.

No trial date has been set for the indicted lawmakers. If convicted, each accused faces at least 10 years in prison.

Golden Dawn on Saturday said the government crackdown was “unfair, illegal, unconstitutional and purely political persecution”.

“The real purpose of this dirty war of mud is the political extermination of Golden Dawn, the only political force resisting the (austerity) storm,” the party said in a statement.

Golden Dawn is Greece’s third most popular party, with 18 seats in parliament.

Formerly on the fringe of Greek politics, the group boosted its popularity by tapping into widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms in debt-wracked Greece, which is slogging through its sixth year of recession and where youth unemployment stands at 60%.

But the September 18 murder of hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn supporter triggered public outrage, putting pressure on Greek authorities to take action against the party.

Court documents have linked Golden Dawn to two murders including that of Fyssas, three attempted murders and numerous assaults.

Witnesses have also testified that senior party members were involved in migrant beatings, extortion and possible arms smuggling.

A number of police officers have also been arrested in connection with the investigation for allegedly aiding the group or turning a blind eye to its activities.

-AFP

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