With an overwhelming majority the Athens Municipality Council approved the recommendation by Mayor Giorgos Kaminis to ban far-right Golden Dawn from holding rallies for the European and Municipality elections in public spaces.
“We will not give Golden Dawn any public spaces for pre-election campaigns because it operates like a criminal organization,” Kaminis said.
‘Hate speech that introduces discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation moved outside the law boundaries,” the Athens Mayor added.
Kaminis stressed that “the right for the freedom of speech is not boundless, whether for private individuals or political parties.”
Golden Dawn reacted with anger, spoke of “fascist,” “antidemocratic” and “criminal” decision and threatened to file lawsuits against the members of the city council.
The trial against Golden Dawn is still pending after four years.