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Greeks Protest Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party After MP Slaps Female Opponent During Live Debate

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Published on Jun 9, 2012

Athenians took to the streets calling for the far-right Golden Dawn party to be excluded from Greek parliament, after one of its politicians slapped a leftwing rival and threw water on another during a TV debate. Golden Dawn is regarded as Europe's most fanatical neo-Nazi party, even ensuring its emblem bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika.

Nine days before fresh general elections, the fault lines in Greek society are deepening.

And late on Friday, as a police manhunt for Ilias Kasidiaris showed little sign of yielding a positive result, the divisions were on full display.

While anti-fascist demonstrators descended on public squares, supporters of Golden Dawn crammed into a hotel in Athens to hear the party's leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, rail against immigrant "scum" and the corrupt and crooked system that had brought the crisis-hit country to such a "dark place".

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