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Chrysi Avgi Raids On Street Vendors Shock And Spark Outcry

The raiding incidents against foreigners are shocking – especially when they are led by elected members of the Greek Parliament. Men in black raid the stands of foreign street vendors, no police is around to hinder them. They do it once, twice, a third time maybe… The incidents cause uproar, opposition parties and even Samaras government partners condemn them. Fact is: more raids are no the way, while the state seems unable to deal with the issue. Extremer-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) claims, it was legal to substitute the work of authorities in charge.

The Raids

The first incident occured last Friday: men wearing T-shirts with Chrysi Avgi emblems and carrying sticks and Greek flags raided stands of street vendors run by migrants. The men-in-black checked papers, documents and invoices and where the vendor is not covered by legality, they overthrew and damaged the vendors’ stands.

Video: Raid in Rafina

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The incident took place evening in Rafina, an area in southeast Athens, during the festival of Panagia Pantovasilissa. Among the group of 50 men were also two Members of the Parliament, as extreme-right Golden Dawn managed to enter the Parliament during the June elections.

 After the raid, the members of GD joined the carrying around of the holy icon with relegious devoution. No police hindered their in their damaging work. Private Mega TV claimed on Sunday, no policeman was close to the incidents.

Chrysi Avgi  posted on its official website, that its members “did what the non-existent Greek state should have done long time ago” and announced further actions stressing that they will continue to do so and thus across the country “until the nonexistent political head of the ministry PRO-PO [mocking description of Ministry of Citizen Protection; Pro-Po is the organisation for betting on football matches] decides to do his job and stop harboring illegality.”

On Saturday morning, another group under the leadership of a third GD-MP raided an open market in Messologi in Western Greece. This time, the target were Chinese vendors and their merchandises. 

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“We are fighting illegal commerce,” GD-MP Costas Barbarousis said, criticizing police for failing to carry out inspections. “These efforts will continue, because we cannot treat those who pay [for a license] as idiots, while others get away without paying.”

Meanwhile, a local newspaper from Peloponnese (Eleytheria) revealed that a group of GD members attacked migrants who usually stand at traffic lights and ‘enforce’ drivers to accept them cleaning the vehicles windows against a small fee. A migrant has been allegedly beaten by the group.

Charges Filed

Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Dendias ordered authorities to file charges against supporters of neofacist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) as well as two of the party’s deputies, Giorgos Germenis, Panayiotis Iliopoulos and Costas Barbarousis. 

In order to charge MPs, their parliamentary immunity has to be lifted. For these a voting is required. Chrysi Avgi has 18 deputies in the Parliament. Should the MPs of other parties join their opposition, the three bully MPs could easily find their way in front of a rposecutor and a court.


Greek police and the Ministry of Citizen Protection seems to have been caught unprepared to deal with the so-called Golden-Dawn “raid squads” (so GD leader Nikos Michaloliakos) that take the laws of the country in their hands. The outcry abnout these actions is immense, not only by the opposition parties but also by government partners. 

Socialist PASOK  called on Minister for Citizen Protection Nikos Dendias “to take more decisive steps to tackle Golden Dawn. It also warned those who support the party’s actions that it was only a matter of time before they also became victims of its “hit squads”.

Main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA said the actions were part of Golden Dawn’s effort to create an atmosphere of “fascist terrorism”. It criticized Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias for failing to take action. (ekathimerini)

             “Violence is not part of Parliamentary Democracy” said also government partner Democratic Left.

“The people must not tolerate bully and demagogic behaviour of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn who attacked with clubs and determines on color and language criteria who is a legitimate vendor,” said the Communist Party KKE. (

Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) insisted that the raids on street vendors were legal.

Street vendors’ unions support the actions of Chrysi Avgi and called on them to perform more controls all over Greece.

Foreign street vendors said, they had paid the necessary licence-fees to the relevant municipalities.

How the public reacts? Chrysi Avgi is the only party that almost doubles its rates in Greek public opinion surveys. According to VPRC survey, conducted between 4-5 September  2012,  Chrysi Avgi raised its rates from 6.92% at the elections of last June to 12% .  

UPDATE Sept 10/2012/9.30 pm:  After Chrysi Avgi announced further similar actions, Minister of Citizen Protection said he ordered the withdrawal of police protection granted to Chrysi Avgi deputies in order to avoid that state bodyguards (granted to all deputies) get involved into conflict of interest between their duty to protect the MPs and to arrest those involved into illegal actions.

Meanwhile the head of Rafina police station was suspended, an internal inquiry is underway as to why no policeman intervened to stop the attacks carried out by Chrysi Avgi.

 UPDATE – Sept 11/3012: With order of head of Hellenic Police, the policeman assigned with the protection of MP Barbarousis has been suspended from duty after footage showed him participating at the Messologi incidents. An internal inquiry is under way, he may be expelled from the Greek police.



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  1. Seen from the distance, in my case Denmark, the patriotic resistance of Chrysi Avgi is about the most sane actions coming out of Greece these days.

  2. There is nothing patriotic about the actions of CA. This is not what our parents (not just Greek parents) fought the Nazis for, this is not what the population of whole villages in Greece gave their lives for. This is what the real heroes of Greece and elsewhere tried to prevent. It is time the present day peoples in Europe stand up gain and pick up the fight again.
    What happened here is nothing short of Greece’s very own “CrystalNacht”.
    These people are an insult to the Greek nation, its history and its culture. They are the real filth that Greece and Europe in general needs to clean of it’s streets and squares everywhere.

    • Remember Godwins Law.

      I have yet to see any proof, that the contemporary CA are indeed socialists, i.e. national socialists.

      • May I then suggest you urgently go visit your do doctor and ask for something to wake you up to reality?
        The whole set-up, symbology, thuggery, holocaust denying, talk of “stormtroopers” fighting the legitimate (not necessarily popular) government of Greece in the streets, their street actions last week-end, their “Greeks only” food kitchens, are straight out of the Nazi handbook.
        Time to wake up and smell the shit my friend. It’s right under your nose…

    • Our parents and grandparents didnt fight the Nazi in order for the Patrida to be given away to internationalist bankers. My yiayia’s house was not burned down to create a welfare state that supports illegal immigrants that have no respect for our culture, religion or country. What Xrisi Avgi is doing is patriotic, it’s probably not the right way to do it, but at this point it’s clear PASOK/ND/SYRIZA, etc isn’t going to do anything to stop the destruction of the Greek people. With continued unchecked immigration, Greeks will be a minority in their own country in 2 or 3 generations. My three Theos that died during WWII certainly did not die for that.

      • Our parents and grandparents did not die for Greece or any other country to be taken over by the offspring spawned from the enemy they fought against either…

        There is no evidence of immigrants, illegal or otherwise, not having respect for Greek culture, religion or country. There is ample evidence of certain elements in Greece not having respect for anything, including their own culture, religion, people and nation.

        Greek laws are there to be respected by all. If an immigrant (or Greek) doesn’t, then there are systems to deal with that. GD or other vigilante groups are not any of those systems, and are just as much breaking (or not respecting) Greek laws as the illegal immigrants are. If the system doesn’t work as it should, deal with it through the accepted channels. That’s what they have MPs for. They are supposed to be LAW MAKERS, not LAW BREAKERS.
        And just to make the point, these thugs who decided to take the law into their own hands obviously had no idea what they were doing, as the Major of Rafina stated today that the vendors who had their stalls and good trashed by GD all had fully legal, paid up licenses.

        If you are going to pretend to uphold the law, it would of course be a great start to make sure you know what you are talking about.

  3. Over the past decade, both PASOK and ND governments have tolerated illegal activities, and exhibited political apathy and dereliction of duty by allowing illegal immigration and the para-economy to grow dramatically. Such ongoing practices are permitting bullies and vigilantes to become the self-appointed enforcers of law and order, but failing miserably to make two wrongs a right.

  4. Thank God there are still real men left in Greece.

    • Looks like a lot of greek citizens do agree with you:

      In an open letter to the main leftwing opposition party SYRIZA and the Communist Party (KKE) published on Wednesday, residents of central Athens referred to «the destruction of the city» and accused the parties of projecting a «so-called leftwing mask of humanitarianism and solidarity» on the thorny issue of illegal immigrants.

      “You have to be blind not to see what the city has come to. You have to be deaf not to hear the cries of people who are in danger and are obliged to live like animals, in former urban neighborhoods which have become shanty towns. You have to be stupid not to understand what is really going on.”

      Concluding, the residents said that they would not allow further provocative statements by the leftist groups ostensibly supporting immigrants to go unanswered. «Greeks bled for their country so that they could live with dignity and not to dance to the rhythm banged out by every foreign mafia boss who has settled in his neighborhood,» the residents said, referring to the rackets trading drugs, counterfeit goods and sex in the city center.

      Ekathimerini: Residents slam leftwing parties for stance on migrants

      • giaoýrti giaoyrtáki

        All “bled for their countries”. Where? On their fields whipping their slaves? If they would have pride they would whip tourists in pedal powered cruises.
        What a joke by the superior European race. All their resources is stolen in poor countries, they even stole whole continents and with their decadent toys they destroy the planet. All their live they knee down to their bosses and feel proud of being the accomplices of the imperialist beast. The best solution is a population exchange to deport this senseless overpopulation into the 3rd world to really bleed.

      • Strangely enough, there are no signatories to this “open letter” which seems to originate from a certain premises not a million miles away from the Larissis railway station in Athens…

        @giaoýrti giaoyrtáki it would indeed be a very educational thing for a load of people. Can you just imagine, as punishment, sending the thugs who destroyed these vendors stalls to lets say Asmara for a year or 2, to work with the local people, instead of sending them to a Greek jail which would only end up costing the Greek tax payer. The poor Eritreans wouldn’t know what happened to them…

    • Careful Kevin, as your name doesn’t sound too Greek, and it’s possible when the GD is done harassing immigrants, they’ll move on to expats like you and me. So, I wouldn’t call them real men…

  5. Its funny because greeks will soon be immigrants like they were before.
    i hope they will be treated the same way.’

    • yep yellow, i always wanted to ask those GD guys what they thought of Greeks cleaning toilets in the USA back in the day. Did they forget that they themselves were the “migrants” in the USA in the early 1900s and beyond. But, short memory I suppose.

  6. There is a kind of bad brown smell emerging from comments on this site. Very sad.

    Second point : i find it really astonishing that the Golden Dawn people don’t even fear that their faces are being on film. What they do is, license or not, a crime that can probably be punished by law. For a crime of the same intensity, a left activist would be “recognized” on video and researched by the police in no time. Therefore the traditional hoods and scarfs.

    That right wing “activists” are not even worried, moreover proud to be seen, is frightening.

    A big smell of 1930’s, in another european country… To the people who find this positive, please reread history of the firts half of the XXth century, inculding economics, geopolitics and sociology.


    • the prosecutor filled the charges according to the footage. From what I understand, GD is inviting cameras to film their acts. Publicity above all. and hear, hear. Parts of the Greek society support such actions. That’s the easy and populist and dangerous way to solve problems.

    • Just to get history straight:

      The Nazis of Germany were by all accounts socialists, as their name also show: German National Socialist Workers Party – their economic policies were in reality the same as those of Communist Soviet-Union: Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian:

      • What an absolute load of bullshit… If you want to get history straight, then stop bending it in the first place.
        There was nothing socialist about either Nazi’s or Soviet Communism. They were both TOTALITARIAN systems, and totalitarianism was the basis for, and driving force behind their economic policies, not socialism.
        A socialist economic system is distinctively different from your rather warped version of “Socialism”
        The basic premises of any economy, irrespective of the ideology driving it, is to add labour to a process, generate a profit, and then distribute the profit.
        For the purpose of “labeling” an economy socialist or capitalist, it is the distribution of profit that decides the difference, because the generation of profit is identical and can therefor not be used as a yard stick. And that is where Nazi’s and Soviet Union fail miserably in the test of “Socialism”, but shine gloriously under the term “Totalitarianism”.
        And then you are indeed correct, the economic policies of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were indeed the same. They were however anything but socialist.

        @ Etienne, spot on, it would indeed be a good thing if people did indeed remember. Unfortunately, it’s easier not to and believe that this time it will not happen. Even if it is happening right here and now, under there very noses.

        • Oh yeah, in history every society implementing some kind of marxism/socialism have always – always – developed into totalitarian regimes.

          • Again, a total load of bullshit.
            Totalitarianism or fascism is the result of a sick society, and it’s up to society to overcome that sickness.
            The likes of GD, True Fins, Vlaamse Belang, PVV, BNP, National Front are the festering ulcers of that disease, and they need to be removed completely for society to become functional again.
            2 weeks ago I predicted to a friend that Greece was very close to its own “CrystalNacht”. The answer was “Is it really that bad?”
            She got her answer since.
            60 million dead people in 5 years time tell us what happens if society succumbs to the sickness and lets this go much further.

  7. giaoýrti giaoyrtáki

    Vendors had licenses:
    Greek costumer of “foreigner” attacked:

  8. Greek-American gal, who grew up partly in Greece, here. Will all you “supporters” of XA please stop embarrassing and disgracing Greece with your asupport of these nightclub security thug rejects? By all means, protest non-violently for Europe to help Greece with the illegal immigrant situation if you want, petition, organize politically from the ground up. But do you think it’s moral or practical to support these violent goons who beat people on TV and would turn into dictators at any second, while our grandparents fought the Nazis? Also, if you think that this will help Greece’s future, you are deluded. All we will become is a laughingstock around the world.Get a life.

  9. First: there are indeed some very disturbing posts on this page.
    Second: The public order minister has ordered the withdrawal of the complementary police guards to MPs of CA because it would bring those policemen in an impossible situation. They have to protect people who are committing crimes… This after reports that one of them took part in the market attack of the CA thugs in Mesolongi.
    Mesolongi, Rafina, Metamorfosi… Guess we’re getting closer and closer to an all out civil war now. If not for this:

    In Mesolongi there was a woman who had the nerve to tell off the Golden Dawn raiders. They could have beat her up, of course, but she wasn’t well known, like Liana Kanelli or Rena Dourou, two politicians who were assaulted on live TV by another Golden Dawn MP. The lady was not afraid. Maybe she had seen the plaque at the entrance to the city, which reads: “Every free man is a citizen of Mesolongi.” Knowing that those who are frightened are not truly free, she stood up against them, proving that the most important immunity the hit squads enjoy is not that granted by Parliament, but that of society.

    That’s indeed the only way to stop this.