Members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn invaded the General State Hospital of Nikaia in Athens, on the morning of April 24. Two groups, one from the central entrance and the other one from the rear, entered the hospital wearing helmets and carrying clubs.
The Golden Dawn members were entering the patients’ rooms and taking photos, of themselves included, according to witnesses.
When asked why they were there, they answered they were making a fundraiser to collect food for Greek homeless people.
Panos Papanicolaou, a doctor in the hospital, said that according to what his colleagues narrated, the doctors, nurses and patients reacted intensely and asked them to leave.
The doctors called the police, who arrived when Golden Dawn was leaving but none of the members were led to the police station, as Papanicolaou reported.
The doctor said that: “The employees of the hospital reacted directly, but this entrance and its characteristics is very worrying. Being outside the hospital and handing out flyers is different from entering the hospital with helmets and clubs.”
Golden Dawn announced that this was not an invasion, but an act of social solidarity. They wanted to distribute food, water and clothes to homeless Greeks in and out of the hospital.