Athens Mayor Giorgis Kaminis said that he will not allow the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party to conduct a Greeks-only free food distribution in the city’s main center of Syntagma Square on May 2, an event the party said was aimed at people who can’t afford to have an Easter with the government eliminating annual two-months holiday bonuses for workers and with a record unemployment rate of 27.5 percent putting more than a million people out of work.
Golden Dawn had conducted a similar drive last year but recipients have to prove they are Greek or won’t be given any foodstuffs. Party officials said in a statement that they planned to give out traditional Easter products such as lamb and eggs to help “thousands of Greek families who are being blighted by the genocidal policies of the memorandum,” referring to Greece’s deal with international lenders putting up $325 billion in two bailouts but at the cost of pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions.
Kaminis, however, said the party’s intentions were “provocative” and that he would attempt to stop the event taking place. “We are making it absolutely clear that the City of Athens believes that tomorrow’s gathering is illegal and it will do what is needed so that it does not take place,” the mayor said in a statement.