What actually happened:
Greek police have mounted an unprecedented crackdown on the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party, arresting its leader, three MPs, and more than a dozen other key members.
As the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, held emergency talks on Saturday with his public order and justice ministers, Nikos Michaloliakos, the extremist organisation’s enigmatic founder, was being held by counter-terror officers after a carefully orchestrated operation that began in the early hours of the morning.
The main reason why:
The fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas, a hip hop star popular among anti-fascists earlier this month, prompted widespread outrage and finally galvanized the governing coalition into taking action. Amid revelations that Golden Dawn had set up hit squads with the help of commandos in the special forces and openly colluded with the police, authorities launched a far-reaching inquiry into the group’s activities. Two senior police generals resigned and several officers were suspended following allegations of links with the party. More than a dozen Golden Dawn members, including the 45-year-old man who confessed to murdering Fyssas, were rounded up.
However, several Greek news sources dispute this set of events (even “left-wing” ones), stating the evidence is rather circumstantial and/or overhyped by outside news sources (the evidence revealed to the public that is, not necessarily the evidence that will be used in courts), and that these actions against Golden Dawn might backfire. So, something to look out for in the future as we get more information.
And if you’re wondering what the hell Golden Dawn is, look no further (okay read up more on them it’s pretty important)!
Greece‘s third-biggest party, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity soar amid desperation and despair over the country’s economy, becoming Europe’s most extreme rightwing political force in the process. Human rights groups hold the party responsible for hundreds of attacks on dark-skinned immigrants in the three years since the debt-stricken country plunged into crisis.
Since being elected to parliament for the first time in June last year with 7% of the vote, Golden Dawn has been linked to a wave of violence directed mostly against migrants, gays and leftists on Greece’s increasingly fractious political scene.
Yes, their flag is very reminiscent of the Nazi flag, and yes, they got in trouble for using Sieg Heil in political rallies.
One of their leading members also attacked two female politicians on live TV. Look it up, fairly easy to do, but really gives you a sense of how insane these guys are.
TL;DR: Greek Nazi party dun goof’d (probably) and facing criminal charges. Probable good times for all.