Golden Dawn Video Causes Political Tumult, Greek Cabinet Secretary Resigns



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The cabinet secretary Takis Baltakos — closest aide to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras — offered his resignation following the release of a video by the neonazi Golden Dawn party showing the Greek aide engaging in what appears to be a friendly conversation with Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, over the crackdown on the party.

The Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris released transcripts of the conversation to the Greek parliament earlier on Wednesday, while the two and a half-minute video was uploaded earlier on a Russian video sharing website.

In the video — which was recorded shortly after the arrest and release of Ilias Kasidiaris — the high-ranking official of the Greek government is revealed saying that the Prime Μinister is outraged with the ministers of Public Order and Justice who didn’t proceed with the imprisonment of all Golden Dawn members. Baltakos also admitted that the prosecution against the neonazi party was mainly political, as they have reduced the votes casted in favor of New Democracy, adding “They left you out of prison for so long as they didn’t have evidence.”

Upon the release of the footage, Antonis Samaras went over to the headquarters of his party, where he held talks with the party’s officials. Upon exiting the building, the PM said, “I’m not informed about the subject, but if the facts are as it’s said, Mr. Baltakos has no place in this government.”

All political parties have requested an investigation to be launched on the incident, examining also the eventual criminal prosecution of Kasidiaris, who according to article 370 of the Greek Penal Code has intercepted and distributed wire taps.

Baltakos_SonIncident in Parliament with Baltakos’ Son

Earlier, there was also tension in the Greek parliament building outside the offices of Golden Dawn, located next to those of New Democracy, when the son of Baltakos invaded the offices of the radical right party attacking MPs.
After invading the offices by force, Dimitris Georgios Baltakos screamed using more than a few vulgar expressions, while also physically attacking Golden Dawn MPs Artemis Matthaiopoulos, Michalis Arvanitis and Nikos Kouzilos. The MPs have asked for the arrest of the young Baltakos.

Evangelos Venizelos: “It’s the least he can do.”
PASOK leader and Deputy Greek PM Evangelos Venizelos also asked for the resignation of Baltakos earlier from Brussels. “It’s the least he can do,” said Venizelos, mentioning that the statement issued by PASOK on the incident also covers his personal views. “It’s an old problem, as the current government is a coalition government serving a national need. The government is regulated by a programmatic framework agreed between two parties,” he mentioned.

Venizelos also said that PASOK and all the democratic forces in general are the progressive pole, which is to be strengthened in order to achieve the necessary guarantees and balances within the government. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, there must be a hit against all pockets ideologically or practically adjacent to the radical right.

“It is unthinkable to maintain contact with Nazis, racists, xenophobes and to those who engage in violence and act as a criminal organization,” Venizelos mentioned to journalists, and added, “We formally express the institutional respect to the principle of separation of powers, to judges and prosecutors which no one is entitled to challenge.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. The taped conversation between Cabinet Secretary of parliament Panayiotis Baltakos and Ilias Kasidiaris verifies what Golden Dawn has been saying all along: the Samaras-Venizelos Junta have conspired with the Greek judicial system to politically persecute Golden Dawn!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCOZ_Juuhmc

    The video taped conversation implicates Samaras’ underlings Justice Minister Haralambos Athanassiou and Minister Of Public Order Nikos Dendias as key figures in influencing prosecutors and the Greek courts to frame Golden Dawn. In the video taped conversation Cabinet Secretary of parliament Panayiotis Baltakos accuses Justice Minister Charalambos Athanassiou, & Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias, of ordering the arrests of Golden Dawn lawmakers last October even though “the investigator didn’t have a shred of evidence”. When asked in the video why the MPs had been detained, Baltakos makes a hand gesture of a phone call being made. When asked if Justice Minister Charalambos Athanassiou and Police Minister Nikos Dendias made the call, he replies: “Who else?”

    Panayiotis Baltakos also admitted that the prosecution against the neonazi party was politically motivated because New Democracy was losing votes to Golden Dawn allowing SYRIZA to take the lead.

    In the wake of this scandal, Golden Dawn demands the immediate resignation of the Samaras-Venizelos junta and for national, free elections, in order to heal the wounds of the nation!

  2. BALTAKOS SAYS MORE DAMAGING VIDEOS MAY EMERGE!

    In a radio interview, Baltakos did not rule out the possibility that Golden Dawn will release more recordings of their meetings with him.“There may be more videos and I may have said more things,” he said. “I cannot remember with which Golden Dawn MPs I met. I do not remember what else I have said and if I said something about the prime minister,” he said. “Six months on, I cannot remember what I said.”
    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_03/04/2014_538714

  3. If this information is corroborated the coalition will do it’s best to quash any investigation. The underlying issue is most know the jailing of opposition party members specifically GD was done using the excuse of the Fyssas murder but really was intended to maintain a majority in parliament. If this story has “feet” that is it will be followed by the media, it could reveal far more damaging issues leading up to the election. Watch as Samaras does damage control with the media and attempts to divert their attention.

  4. The taped conversation between Cabinet Secretary of parliament Panayiotis Baltakos and Ilias Kasidiaris verifies what Golden Dawn has been saying all along: the Samaras-Venizelos Junta have conspired with the Greek judicial system to politically persecute Golden Dawn! The video taped conversation implicates Samaras’ underlings Justice Minister Haralambos Athanassiou and Minister Of Public Order Nikos Dendias as key figures in influencing prosecutors and the Greek courts to frame Golden Dawn.

  5. Greek reporter appears to be randomly flagging my comments for moderation. Very odd. The Venizelos-Samaras Junta has pressured a corrupt judicial system to arrest Golden Dawns MP’s & has certainly issued orders to these same prosecutors and judges to pronounce guilty verdicts and jail innocent men, & 1 woman to lengthy jail terms of 10 to 20 years. These evil men, Samaras, Dendias & Athanasiou are willing to wreck the lives of innocent men, & their families for decades? just because they can find no other way of clawing back New Democracy voters that have switched their allegiance to Golden Dawn. This is trully inhuman and evil behaviour. The top aide of Samaras admits in the video that Samaras main motivation for ordering the arrests of Golden Dawns MP’s and his strategy to outlaw the party is simply a crude attempt to deny the Hellenic electorate the opportunity to vote Golden Dawn. So Samaras is ultimately commiting a crime against the Hellenic electorate. I believe the overwhelming majority of the Hellenic people understand this prosecution of Golden Dawn is politically motivated and that the prosecutors and judges are following the orders from the New Democracy Justice Minister Athanasiou. I believe the Hellenic people will not permit this persecution of Golden Dawn to continue much longer.

  6. According to Tribune.gr Golden Dawn has 9 VIDEO RECORDINGS of similar discussions with MP’s from the New Democracy-PASOK coalition regime where the coalition regime’s MP’s are caught on camera stating that the arrests of Golden Dawn are politically orchestrated. Golden Dawn plans to release these videos on the internet and to the media at various intervals with the next video to be released this weekend. Now it’s time for the Venizelos-Samaras Junta to come under relentless criticism as their trampling of the Hellenic constitution and their illegal control of the judicial system is exposed week by week all the way up to the May municipal and EU parliamentary elections. The Venizelos-Samaras Junta is finished!

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