Published on Jun 7, 2012
Greek police have issued an arrest warrant for the spokesman of far-right party Golden Dawn for assaulting two left-wing politicians on live television.
Ilias Kasidiaris, 31, was shown on a live morning show on Thursday jumping out of his seat and slapping Communist Party member Liana Kanelli after throwing a glass of water at leftist SYRIZA party member Rena Dourou.
Golden Dawn, which was elected for the first time to parliament in a May 6 election, is accused of carrying out violent attacks against immigrants.
Talk show host Giorgos Papadakis ran over to Kasidiaris to attempt to calm him, shouting "no, no, no!"
But Kasidiaris, who had served in the Greek military's special forces, hit Kanelli around the face three times with slaps to the sides of her head.
Kasidiaris was elected to parliament in the country's recent inconclusive polls. Deputies from all seven parties that won parliament seats in the May 6 polls had been invited on the show.
"The government condemns in the most categorical way the attack by Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris against Liana Kanelli and Rena Dourou," government spokesman Dimitris Tsiodras said. "This attack is an attack against every democratic citizen."
Tsiodras called on Golden Dawn to condemn its member's actions.
Golden Dawn, which vehemently denies the neo-Nazi label, has been accused of being behind violent attacks against immigrants.
The party won nearly seven per cent of the vote on May 6, giving it 21 seats in the 300-member parliament. It was a radical increase from its showing in the previous Greece election in 2009, when the party had won just 0.31 per cent of the vote.