In yet another verbal clash between the extreme left and right wings of the Greek political system, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn yelled obscenities in the Parliament at MP’s from the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) over the far-right party’s plans to hold a festival in Kalamata on Aug. 3-4.
The incident took place after SYRIZA MP Thanasis Petrakos claimed that Golden Dawn deputies were using the party’s parliamentary office to telephone and intimidate anti-fascist campaigners in Kalamata who want to prevent the festival from taking place.
Golden Dawn MP Dimitris Koukoutsis accused SYRIZA of being “hooded murderers” that “burn Athens.” He then made reference to the battles at Mount Vitsi and Mount Grammos in 1949 that led to national forces overcoming Communist resistance and bringing the Civil War to an end.
“At Vitsi and Grammos, we buried you in the sand,” Koukoutsis told SYRIZA MPs. The Golden Dawn deputies then left the debating chamber, walking past the SYRIZA benches and swearing at the leftist lawmakers. They also offered to fight the SYRIZA deputies outside.
Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou labeled the incident as “unacceptable and condemnable.” Golden Dawn repeatedly disrupts proceedings in the Parliament, a body it says is contemptible while it has seats in it.