Greece’s political world seems to see the necessity to take action against extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) after months of provocative and challenging actions by GD-MPs and party members. With some of these actions to be brought to justice.
Evangelos Venizelos, constitutional law professor and leader of coalition government partner PASOK publicly opened the discussion to this issue saying “When you’re confronted with an unconstitutional party, you must find ways to deal with this phenomenon.”
Venizelos hinted that he would take steps to eventually outlaw Golden Dawn, while according to media reports, he is close cooperation with an informal committee of experts seeking ways to overturn the parliamentary presence of the Golden Dawn.
“We are facing a very acute phenomenon of racist, fascist, xenophobic violence. We have in parliament an unconstitutional, nazi-style, junta-friendly, provocative party, ” Venizelos said implying of the initiatives to be taken in the upcoming months.
A relevant question was posed to Minister of Public Order and Citizne Protection Nikos Dendias (Nea Dimocratia).
Speaking to private ANT1 TV, Dendias said ”MPs of Golden Dawn have committed illegal actions on several occasions. [...] I listen carefully to what Venizelos says, but I do not know if the current constitution gives us this opportunity.” (in.gr)
Unconfirmed reports claim that Venizelos informed his government partners on his initiative during a recent party leaders meeting. Prime minister Antonis Samaras (ND) and junior coalition partner Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left), allegedly gave their consent, however stressing that such a proposal needed a very sound legal basis and to be properly instituted in order to come as complete proposal to the parliament.
The idea of outlaw Golden Dawn is not new even though it’s the first time a party leader officially took position on the issue.
Some professors of Constitutional Law say that banning GD as a party it will not prohibit its MPs from continuing to hold their seats in the parliament. ”Outlaw a political party it’s rather difficult in democracies as one would have to ban all parties proclaiming or practicing violence. Moreover, GD-MPs could establish another party – as GD leader Nikos Michaloliakos already said reacting to Venizelos’ initiative.
Another Constitutional Law professor said also that it is constitutional impossible to outlaw a political party, but that MPs taking part in racist violence should be immediately treated as criminals.
The current Constitution has no provision to ban a political party, given the practices of modern Greek history that had banned Communist KKE after the civil war right after the WWII.
PS i do not know if they could ban the use of nazi- and junta-symbols though…