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Athens: More than One out of Two Greek Policemen Voted for Golden Dawn

The majority of Greek policemen in Athens voted for extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn). “More than one out of two policemen voted for Chrysi Avgi” reports Proto Thema two days after June 17/2012 elections, describing the finding as “impressive”. These findings emerged after analyzing elections results in voting centres of Greece’ capital Athens. Especially in the district of Ampelokipoi and suburb of Kaisariani, where approximately 5,000 policemen casted their votes.

In these voting centres, Chrysi Avgi got its highest rates from 17.2% up to 23.04%.

In Athens districts with high percentage of illegal immigrants like Agios Panteleimonas and Kypseli, Chrysi Avgi got rates from 15% up to 18%.

Policemen who casted their votes in favor of Chrysi Avgi work at the General Police Department of Attica, the motorbiked units DIAS, the  Security Department and else where, notes Proto Thema.

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  1. Are police voting around the place they work in and not, like the rest of the electorate in the place they come from or live?

    • keeptalkinggreece


    • There is no obligation to vote in the place you are born in. Greeks do it, partly to have an excuse for another trip to the countryside and partly to protect the financial interests of small villages. Since the state subsidies for rural and semi-rural areas are based on voter registration and census data, pretending to live in a village means money going to that village.

      I think police tend to vote where they live, rather than where they were born. This may be because they are paid so little and not entitled to a day off to travel for voting.

  2. Hi KTG, I am a bit surprised with that kind of findings: do we actually know the occupation of voters casting their ballot in one particular voting center ? I would expect that not all policemen vote near their workplace, but maybe closer to where they live.

    How does one come up with this “more than 50%” ratio ? I would be happy to understand which part of this news is analysis and which is just guesstimate.

  3. When so many questions can’t be answered and things don’t ad up, then it looks like a bit of bad journalism from Proto Thema. And a dangerous bit too.