Above : Local Golden Dawn supporters attend Greek Independence Day celebrations in Melbourne, 2012.
Dunno why but The Australian is running an article about the attempt — not yet fully realised, it seems — to establish a branch of the fascist Golden Dawn party in Melbourne. The article notes that the group has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/xryshavgh.melbourne) and alleges that members attempted to disrupt a rally celebrating the Greek Independence Day (March 25). The group’s attendance was apparently not reported in the local Greek press (Neos Kosmos) but was commented upon by other ethnic media (Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee | AIJAC). According to the report by the AMHRC, Golden Dawn’s official website carried the story but, sadly, wordpress evicted the group several months ago, and subsequently “xryshaygh.wordpress.com is no longer available”, having been “archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service” (hate speech).
As noted in John Ferguson’s report, the group’s Facebook page currently has over 2,500 fans, but only a few dozen of these appear to reside in Melbourne, most support coming from members and sympathisers in Greece. Not surprisingly, the most marked increase in support for the group’s page occurred not when it was established (March 2, 2010) but in the wake of the party’s recent electoral successes (May/June 2012). As it stands, then, Golden Dawn (Melbourne) currently has only a small core of followers: whether or not other members of the local Greek diaspora choose to join them is unknown, but I think unlikely. In Greece itself, the party’s recent victories has resulted, inter alia, in more widespread collaboration with Greek police in conducting pogroms against migrants, refugees and political opponents. On the other side of the coin, there are many more struggles in Greece directed at ruling elites rather than at fellow workers…
Greek neo-Nazis set up local chapter
July 26, 2012
A SPLINTER group in the Melbourne Greek community has been condemned for launching a local branch of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, which has been accused in Greece of sparking xenophobic violence by espousing neo-Nazi and anti-immigration policies.
The mission to use the cover of the internet to create a nationalistic political force among one of the world’s largest Greek communities outside Athens has been savaged by Australia’s Jewish and Greek communities.
The Golden Dawn Melbourne Facebook page has attracted more than 2500 followers – with many friends from overseas – and the proponents are planning to organise regular meetings to discuss nationalistic policies and widen appeal for a political party that has been condemned worldwide.
The Facebook page lists the group’s favourite quote as: “Northern Greece, Cyprus, Macedonia, the battle continues as in Australia blood and honour, Golden Dawn.”
The Australian backers of the ultra-nationalist party do not appear to have put their names to the project and did not respond to requests for comment yesterday.
The emergence of the party’s Australian branch comes after a small group of protesters tried to disrupt Greek National Day celebrations in Melbourne in March, wearing clothes promoting Golden Dawn. Proponents are claiming to be behind the group’s first chapter outside Greece…