thanks to Greeks’ lack of self-knowledge, Golden Dawn has so far been treated
as a fringe phenomenon, a by-product of the financial crisis that has hit the
country. Much like soccer hooliganism, far-right violence has been treated as
the work of a small bunch of idiotic thugs. This could not be further from the
truth. The ideology of Golden Dawn, the vocabulary, the aggression, the body
language, the actions are all in tune with the whims of a far larger chunk of
society that have in the past been manifested in an isolated, disorderly fashion.
The ground is fertile for Golden Dawn to grow even stronger. If it is to
survive, our democracy must keep its guard up".
ok, I thought. And then I began reading the comments to the article.
every comment demands tolerance as far as GD is concerned and quite a few are
openly supportive. I have no first-hand knowledge of GD but I have seen enough
videos about them on Youtube to have the clear impression that love & peace
are not their top priority. In fact, I remember one GD candidate running for
election being asked what he would do with 'all those foreigners'. He rambled
about 'sending them home' or 'sending them away' and, sort of as the last
option, he said 'burn them!' And the people around him had a good laugh.