Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of neo-nazi Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) openly admitted his party had adopted the “nazi salute” and he went so far to even demonstrate what he means with a gesture during a festival. Michaloliakos justified the nazi salute claiming that the hands greeting like that “are clean as they have not stolen” – when compared to other Greek politicians, apparently…
Video: from state broadcaster NET TV
“Speaking to GD youth festival on Saturday, Nikos Michaloliakos did not hesitate to greet in nazi salute, claiming that sometimes his party members greet in this way but “they have clean hands” because they have not stolen.
“They’ve called us nazis, once, twice, ten times. But they’ve never called us thieves. These hands may sometime greet like that [and he greets in nazi-salute], but these are clean hands. They are not dirty, they have not stolen,” he said. “(in.gr )
The use of nazi salute (or Hitler salute) is a criminal offence in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In Germany it is punishable by up to 3 years of prison. However it is allowed for satirical reasons.
As for Greece… this salute is apparently not offence. And the weird and distorted dilemma GD-leader tries to pose to Greeks could be understood as “better support WWII criminals and modern times racists than thieves”…
BTW: somebody seems to forget that the Nazis stole even golden teeth out of the mouths of their innocent victims…
UPDATE: Political parties condemned Michaloliakos’ salute even though it’s clear that all they can do is to issue statements, as there are no legal means to react to such nazi symbol.
Nea Dimocratia spoke of “procovation, hybris and fascistoid-style comedy”.
PASOK commended that “Michaloliakos promises a Greece with tools that lead Euro to disaster.”
Communist KKE said that “the nazis are hypocrits, robbers and killers of people, protectors of the capital.”
Greece’s political system has no tools in its hands to stop such demonstrative provocations. Embarrassment is the only way of reaction.