Greek Extremist Leader Warns 'Traitors' to Run





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Published on May 7, 2012



A Greek right-wing extremist party has stunned Europe by collecting seven percent of the votes in the Greek election on Sunday. The Daily Mail has footage of the Golden Dawn party's leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos just after the election -- and he left no doubt of how he wants to use his party's 21 seats in the parliament.

Reporter: "What will be the first measure of change?
Nikolaos Michaloliakos: "All the illegal immigrants -- out of my country, out of my home."

The party denies being neo-Nazi, but according to the Daily Mail they have adopted the Nazi salute and wear stylized Swastikas as their logo. And speaking to Euronews, the Golden Dawn leader reiterated his policy.

Reporter: "Among other things it wants to expel immigrants and mine the border with Turkey.
Nikolaos Michaloliakos: "The Greeks were always Nationalists. (...) For everyone who is traitor, I don't care."

On Sunday, the Greek voters vented their anger on the harsh austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the Greek parties supporting them. Greece's two principal parties have governed the country for 40 years, but they saw their vote cut in half, as conservative New Democracy became the country's biggest party with 19 percent of the vote. But, New Democracy has been unable to gather a majority in the Greek parliament -- and BBC says the situation is...

"A huge mess. Crisis, instability, uncertainty. Sound familiar? We have been talking about it excessively the past two years here. The political crisis is back with a vengeance. This country has no government."

Besides the ultra right-wing party Golden Dawn, the party Coalition Of The Radical Left won 52 seats in the parliament - an amazing rise from the 13 seats they won in 2009. And observers fear the crisis in the Eurozone can lead to the rise of extremist parties, says MSNBC's Europe correspondent.

"There's a lot to worry about. It's not only the crypto-fascist party on the right in Greece, it's also the left-wing party which has a very radical program and probably holds the swing votes in the parliament now."

The Greek parliament has 300 members, but it looks unlikely anyone will be able to form a majority government. Some say it could even look like Greece's voters will have to go to the ballot boxes again.


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