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Golden Dawn Requests Data of Foreign Infants; Interior Ministry Fullfils the Request!

party of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) requested data about infants and children of foreign nationality in Greece’s kindergartens and nurseries by the Interior Ministry. What is most impressive is that the Interior Ministry indeed gave the data. In rates of course, not names or addresses of the children.

The minister himself Euripides Stylianidis said in a statement that

“96% of the schoolchildren are Greek, 2% were born inside the 27-EU member bloc and that 2% come from other countries. The date was requested to inform the national delegation in the context of the applied EU program.”

Last month, Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros submitted a question to the Parliament and demanded that the Interior Ministry provide information on immigrant children placed in kindergartens across the country.

“Panayiotaros had requested the exact data of “foreign infants and young children, by country of origin, who are in nursery schools” in Greece from the Greek Ministry of Interior.

Speaking at a party rally before the June elections in Palaio Faliro, the same MP said that “should Golden Dawn enter Parliament, it will carry out raids in hospitals and kindergartens so as to throw out all illegal immigrants and their children.” (To Vima)

The Interior Ministry on Thursday denied it had asked municipalities for detailed information on immigrant children, contending that it only asked for more general statistical data.

Reports however suggest that ministry officials had originally complied with Golden Dawn’s request as several schools across the country alleged to have received documents from local authorities asking for information on foreign schoolchildren.

Civil organisation Citizens in Action published the Interior Ministry request sent to nurseries of Ierapetra Municipality via the local municipalities authorities. The request to the kindergartens and nurseries, dated October 2nd, 2012, says in short:

“We request you send within the same date and per fax 1) the number of native and foreign children that were selected for places in kindergartens and nurseries 2) the number of the foreigners according to country of origin so that we can timely transmit to the Ministyr of Interior for the briefing of the National Delegation.”  (tvxs.gr)

The Municipality of Ierapetra, Crete,  turned down the request saying that “we will not hand over data of infants to neo-Nazis who openly threaten them.”

Greek law ensures the right of access to nurseries for all children, irrespective of nationality, religion or gender and linguistic, racial or social group, according to United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child.

 GD had also rearlier submitted request about how many foreign families were receiving child allowance.

 In a statement GD said it had a real interest to the children of Greek families that are excluded from the nurseries. “We never requested the addresses and we never said we would beat minors,” read the statement that concluded threatining “those who reproduce these lies” with legal measures.”

There has already been a significant rise in incidents of violence against immigrants in Greece over the last six months.

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10 comments

  1. Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros: “should Golden Dawn enter Parliament, it will carry out raids in hospitals and kindergartens so as to throw out all illegal immigrants and their children.”

    No charges filed so far?

  2. The woman from Ierapetra who wrote the letter denying GD access to such information has allegedly resigned her post, fearing for her own safety.

    We ALL need to take a stand against these fascists and demonstrate that we will NOT TOLERATE such hatred and discrimination in our country!!!!!

  3. must check tomorrow.

  4. Indeed, and the very first step must come from the government. It’s about time they take the lead in something…

  5. They had to be stopped, shame on them! I am a foreigner from an EU country, I am married to my Greek husband and we have 2 beautiful children. I don’t want them to grow up in fear in their own country – they have dual nationality- I am thinking to take to whole family abroad. It’s not only me, there are lot’s of families with mixed nationalities. So what now? I am disgusted by the Greek politics. Soon this whole county will be empty, the ones that have the opportunity will leave abroad and the ones that stay will be filled with hatred and disappointment. Not a nice vision of the future.

  6. I am sure many foreginer families consider to turn thei rbacks to Greece due to this unbeleivable developments tolerated by the government.

  7. The government tolerates these indeed unbelievable, unsavoury developments because it takes the focus away from the betrayal they are about to unleash on the people of Greece. The Roman emperor use to give people Bread and Games so that they would not realize just how bad the situation of the empire was and what he had in store for them.
    Samaras lets Greece have Golden Dawn for the same reasons.
    If the Troika had any sense, they would make the curbing of Golden Dawn the one and only condition to releasing the next tranche of money, and stop this dead in it’s tracks. But unfortunately, their existence suits them as much as it suits the government.

  8. I am very irritated and feel threatened by this development myself, because I spend a lot of time in Greece with my husband.

    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_12/10/2012_465840

    I am going to write a protest note to the Greek embassy in Austria. The state has to react immediately.

  9. The State is not going to react.

    Personally, I’m not bothered by Chrysi Avgi

    Panayiotis Psomiadis, election manager for ND.

    Panayiotis Psomiadis has told journalists he has no problems with the ideas expressed by the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. This was reported in June 2012, in the run up to the latest “elections”

    the report on these reports, including the sources, can be found here:

    http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/06/11/new-democracy-campaign-chief-eyes-woos-golden-dawn/

    Psomiadis has been implicated in one of the most notorious scandals uncovered in Northern Greece yet, mostly from taped phone calls by the national intelligence service which found he was collaborating with gangs to defraud the state in phony construction projects which were paid out but remained on paper only. He was convicted this year on one of those offenses and sentenced to a year in jail and three years parole. Despite his crimes, Samaras said he had trust in Psomiadis to run his campaign in northern Greece.

    These are the people who are STILL running this country. Do you really think they care about any of this? Of course they don’t. It takes the focus of themselves, so they can do what they do. Which very obviously is not governing the country…

  10. What horrifies me more about this ‘party’ Chrysi Avgi – is the support they are acquiring outside Greece. Yesterday on facebook I noticed a page dedicated for ‘British who support Golden Dawn’ Of course I told them what I thought of them (in nice terms lol – they’ve banned me) As well as USA and Canada setting up offices – they, themselves the off-spring of immigrants! Ironic??? The leader of the Montreal office (Spiros Macrozonaris) is married to a French Canadian – with a mixed son who has represented Canada in the Olympics – the exact same people who GD would be kicking out of Greece if they had the chance. The mind boggles!