The Greek police, under instructions by their Prime Minister disrupted a charitable event conducted by the third largest party in Greece (according to opinion polls), People's Association – Golden Dawn.
Police block far-right
What does it matter that only Greeks were the intended beneficiaries of this event, surely if some more Greeks received aid then that frees up resources for others? Some might say this denies People's Association – Golden Dawn some sort of propaganda value. I would counter that the unnecessary police action has probably been a boon to the party. So now the Greek government is frustrating the efforts of others to help their own citizens? I wonder how this will play out?Greece’s anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party scuffled with police who stopped them distributing food exclusively to Greeks in Athens’ central square today ahead of the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday on May 5th.
Television footage showed Golden Dawn members in their trademark black t-shirts hitting riot police on the head with rolled up Greek flags after being prevented from unloading eggs, bread, lamb to hand out in Syntagma Square.
Police responded with a brief burst of teargas. Athens mayor George Kaminis had banned the far-right party from conducting the handout in the square in front of parliament, calling it a “soup kitchen of hatred” because only those with a Greek identity card were eligible to receive food.
“Democracy will prevail,” said Mr Kaminis. “Today the logic of violence, of thuggery, of ‘having my way’ was beaten.
I'm undecided about them myself, but I can easily understand why they are rising in support:
Greek youth unemployment rate hits 64% - European News | Latest News from Across Europe | The Irish Times - Thu, May 09, 2013
Greek youth unemployment shot to a record 64 per cent in February, underscoring the dire state of the recession-hit economy despite signs of improving business sentiment.
Repeated doses of austerity under international bailouts have almost tripled Greece’s jobless rate since its debt crisis began in 2009, weighing on an economy in its sixth year of recession.
Overall unemployment has risen to an all-time high of 27 per cent, data showed today, while joblessness in the 15-to-24 age group jumped to 64.2 per cent in February from 59.3 per cent in January.