National Film and Television student Konstantinos Georgousis spent a month in summer 2012 filming members of extreme-right party Golden Dawn – wandering through the streets of Athens, harassing migrants. The result is shocking. So shocking that I refuse to display the video footage here.
Speaking to UK Channel 4 News about his experience of making the film, Georgousis stated, he was “shocked by the hostility” of GD members.
“I walked through every nook and cranny in the centre of Athens to find these Golden Dawn members.
“I was terrified that these members were proud to express their extreme ideas during campaigning openly in public. I was shocked by their hostility and by the way they treated immigrants in the Athenian squares.”
Greek centre-right New Democracy MP Adonis Georgiadis told Channel 4 News the opinions expressed by Golden Dawn supporters in Konstantinos Georgousis’s film are not “the opinion of the majority of Greek people”.
“Many man people in Greece are very much concerned about the changing of the population because of these illegal immigrants,” he said.
“Golden Dawn is a disgrace for our society and our democracy.”
But he explained that Greek society was under “major pressure” which prompted some people went to vote for Golden Dawn.” (full report and video in Channel 4 News)
As the video footage contains highly offensive and racist language, KTG cannot display it here.
The video triggered an outrage in Greece with private SKAI TV making a reference to the documentary on Wednesday morning. Prompt was the intervention of
“Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, who called Skai television, saying that the film’s crew had failed to officially identify themselves during the interviews conducted with Golden Dawn party members. He also added that the party condemned all acts of violence.” (ekathimerini)
Exile, Exercise & Executions for the Left
Of courses, it’s not only the migrants who become targets of GD ideology. “Left-wing” is another society chapter that makes GD see red.
In a delirium that reminds of dark chapters of the Greek and German history, Rhodes branch of GD suggested “exile and daily exercise for ‘Anti-Greek Leftists.
“The exercises will be performed on daily basis. Target of the program is that the Anti-Greek Leftists understand the program nature via the physical and mental exercise. Left ‘products’ that won’t perform orders, will be …executed” (via zougla.gr, newsit.gr)