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Greek neo-Nazis threaten to mobilize against mosque


Greek neo-Nazis threaten to mobilize against mosque

AFP, Athens –

Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has threatened to mobilize 100,000 people against plans to build a mosque in Athens, state television reported on Monday.

“If a mosque is constructed for Islamist criminals in Greece, a front of 100,000 Greeks headed by Golden Dawn will be created,” party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris told supporters at a rally late on Sunday, in footage broadcast by state television.

The threat came after the Muslim Association of Greece over the weekend said it had received a crude note littered with profanities, warning its members to leave the country or face “slaughter like chickens.”

Police said they were examining the note, which had as its backdrop the symbol of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, which blames migrants for Greece’s economic woes and has pledged to throw them out of the country.

Golden Dawn, which has 18 seats in parliament and is suspected by rights groups of encouraging supporters to beat up migrants, denied sending the note.

Greece is home to around 500,000 Muslims — many of them undocumented migrants — including a community of over 100,000 Greek citizens of Turkish origin in the country’s northeast.

A staunchly Orthodox state with bitter memories of nearly four centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule, Greece currently offers sanctioned Muslim religious sites only near its northeastern border with Turkey.

Despite years of promises, successive Greek governments have failed to provide a mosque for Muslims in Athens.

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  • Talking_fish_head

    nazi scum, what a waste of oxygen

  • Heinz Catsup

    Are they no better than terrorists? Since they are using threats, no, they aren’t.

  • Unfortunately – we have a radical right that thinks it’s defending freedom while opposing freedom…
    Also unfortunate is that their hateful viewpoints are allowed in the mass media and part of normal politics while moderating voices are shut out….

  • mindy1

    This is so sad,people should be free to worship in the matter they choose as long as they are not hurting anyone

  • The Muslim Greek community has also asked the police for extra protection — which we know they probably will not get.
    Muslim communities are never considered to be under threat — but the communities that are the threat. Muslim communities are viewed as, somehow, “deserving victims” of terrorist violence.

    We saw this when the NSU in Germany was discovered into have committed execution style killings of largely Turkish (read Muslim) shopkeepers. Not only was there apparent indifference by the German authorities – but some German intelligence agents were suspected to have known about this…

    Or course – because Golden Dawn is a part of “normal politics” – Europol and the rest of the anti-Muslim leaning, European intelligence and security agencies don’t see such threats of violence against “suspect” Muslim communities as neither “terrorism” nor a problem to be too concerned about…

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