Sunday 19 November 2017

Golden Dawn loses support after rapper killing

Fyssas, a hip-hop singer with the stage name Killah P and described as an anti-fascist activist, died early Wednesday Sept 18 from two stab wounds to the chest after leaving a cafe in the western area of Keratsini
Fyssas, a hip-hop singer with the stage name Killah P and described as an anti-fascist activist, died early Wednesday Sept 18 from two stab wounds to the chest after leaving a cafe in the western area of Keratsini
A Greek police officer (R) watches as a member of the Golden Dawn far-right party enters the party's headquarters in Athens

Support for Greece's Golden Dawn has fallen by 2.5 percentage points after the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right party and most Greeks believe it threatens democracy, a poll showed on Monday.

The poll by Rass for the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, conducted on Sept. 19-21, put support for Golden Dawn at 5.8pc, down from 8.3pc on September 15.

Pavlos Fissas was stabbed to death late on September 17 after being ambushed by a group of unknown attackers, triggering protests in cities across Greece, where economic hardship has divided society.

A man who said he had a "loose" connection with the party has been charged. Golden Dawn, which remains Greece's third most popular party, has denied involvement.

Asked if they believed Golden Dawn was involved in the killing, 77.8pc of Greeks surveyed said yes and 13.5pc said no. Most - 57.6pc - said they believed the presence of Golden Dawn in political life threatened democracy.

Golden Dawn rose from being a fringe party to win 18 seats in the assembly in a June election, the first time it has entered parliament.

It campaigned on a staunchly anti-immigrant and anti-corruption agenda and has since won support from Greeks struggling through a deep recession by holding frequent "Greeks-only" food handouts.

The party, with an emblem resembling a swastika, denies accusations of attacks on immigrants. Its members have been seen giving Nazi-style salutes but the party rejects the neo-Nazi label.

Asked to describe the party, 47.5 of respondents called it a "fascist organisation", 30.7pc called it a "criminal organisation under the guise of a political party", and 16.9pc described it as a "populist nationalist movement".

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