Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/764/16652

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 May 2013

Greece: Challenging the Golden Dawn

On 2 May the neo-fascist Golden Dawn attempted to distribute food in Syntagma square in Athens to people holding proof of Greek nationality.
The stunt was broken up and closed down by riot police and the mayor. But as the article below shows, socialists and other activists have been building opposiiton to these dangerous tactics by the far right, who mix action like this with extreme violence against the left and others.
Katerina Kleitsa , Xekinima (CWI Greece)

In the elections of June 2012, the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn (GD) got 7% of the votes and entered the Greek parliament for the first time, with 18 MPs.

GD was first formed in 1985, but activated in 1993. Since then, their main activity has been ultra-nationalist demonstrations and attacks against immigrants, activists and people known for their anti-racist beliefs.

Official unemployment is at 26% but, in reality it is around 30-35% of the working population. Official youth unemployment is at 58% and official unemployment among women is at 30%.

The health care system is being dismantled. Undernourishment, which was non-existent three years ago, is now prevalent.

Children faint in school because they have not eaten for a couple of days or have eaten very little.

This economic crisis has allowed GD to gain support. They use hate speech against immigrants and the political system, using slogans like "Greece for the Greeks" and "foreigners out".

They have organised handouts of food and clothing to desperate people. But these are for Greeks only.

Opinion polls show that around 10% of voters are planning to vote for the GD in the next national elections.

But at the same time a significant number of people are willing to participate in anti-fascist actions.

Since September 2012, Xekinima has been building and participating in anti-fascist campaigns in local communities. Our aim is to expose the dangers of the neo fascists' campaigns.

We want people to take action and play an active role against fascism in their neighbourhoods. We organise public meetings and discussions and events to build solidarity.

We have organised free or cheap food and 'street markets without middlemen', where people can buy basic products cheap, directly from their producers. In some areas there are families that receive our help of free food regularly, since they don't have any income and they can't support themselves.

We do this to provide practical help and show that the way to fight against austerity and impoverishment is by solidarity and cooperation among the working class, not through developing hate and division.

We try to explain that these actions are not enough alone to fight poverty and the rise of the GD. It is the capitalist system's crisis which has pushed four million people below the poverty line and it's the capitalist system that allows fascist ideas to sound appealing.

For us, the fight against fascism must be accompanied by the struggle for a socialist society.

This would include:

That's the only way to abolish inequality, poverty and suffering for the 99%.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 8 May 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tax bankers not bedrooms!

NHS WARNING! Privatisation puts patients at risk

Teachers demand action

Big business threatens bees

One in five borrow to buy food

Food banks and fighting austerity

Them & Us


Socialist Party election analysis

Capitalist parties rejected: Time for a new mass workers' party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Salford - two-faced attack on mental health

Defend Liverpool's jobs and services - then and now


Socialist Party workplace news

Usdaw ADM - fightback begins

Trade unions recommend more cuts in Neath/Port Talbot

CWU supports 24-hour general strike

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Portugal: Government in disarray... Left must seize the opportunity

The Palestinian struggle - How can a state be realised?

May Day - fighting capitalist oppression internationally

Greece: Challenging the Golden Dawn


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 May 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Greece:

triangleGreece-Turkey border refugee crisis

triangleGreece elections: Syriza ousted amid voter disillusionment

triangleDeadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

triangleObituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: Greece - still plundered by EU austerity

Fascist:

triangleNewcastle anti-fascist demo

triangleMemorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

triangleProtesters drive far right out of Liverpool

triangleItalian elections create huge political shake-up

Food:

triangleCovid and the third sector: for public planning, not charity stopgaps

triangle300 Covid cases at Northampton food plant - management to blame, not the workers!

triangleTories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

Poverty:

triangleDoncaster: Vigil for murdered women

trianglePoverty rises again - especially for BAME workers

Xekinima:

triangleEurope and the workers' movement after Brexit

International

International

16/9/20

Egypt

Egypt: Support for al-Sisi dwindles as his regime increases repression

16/9/20

Nigeria

Nigerian police repress peaceful anti-government protest

9/9/20

Belarus

Belarus: Mass opposition continues to defy repression by Lukashenko's regime

9/9/20

Iran

Strike wave marks new stage in revival of Iranian workers' movement

2/9/20

Israel

Mass protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation

19/8/20

Lebanon

Revolutionary mood in Lebanon following horrific explosion

19/8/20

Belarus

Mass protests and strikes rock Belarus

19/8/20

Trotsky

New book: Leon Trotsky - A Revolutionary Whose Ideas Couldn't Be Killed

10/8/20

Lebanon

Revolutionary mood in Lebanon following horrific explosion

5/8/20

Cuba

Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

5/8/20

Nuclear weapons

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

22/7/20

Iran

Iran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

22/7/20

Israel

Israel: Nurses strike and win

8/7/20

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: The fight for democratic rights

24/6/20

South Africa

South Africa: Building jobs and living wage campaign

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999