Since the murder of left-wing rapper Pavlos Fyssas, the Greek establishment has been promising a crack down on the Greek Nazi party, Golden Dawn.
But the links between the establishment and the Nazis is clear: it’s long been established that about half of the Greek police force supports Golden Dawn, and there are plenty of examples of police outsourcing operations to the Nazi thugs, and failing to prosecute their crimes.
A story has now emerged that the Greek military may have been training a Golden Dawn militia.
The real opposition and alternative in Greece comes from the Left, in the form of Syriza, the KKE and the numerous citizens’ solidarity initiatives. This is the real threat the establishment faces, and it has used Golden Dawn as a handy stick to beat the Left with – perhaps hoping it could start a civil war between Left and Right, that took attention away from its own policies.
We must forget the insidious way that the establishment has mainstreamed fascism in Greece. As this article points out, it wasn’t Golden Dawn that created concentration camps for immigrants, or imprisoned HIV positive women.
Having let the genie out of the bottle, the establishment is going to have a very hard time putting it back in.
There is some good news from the UK: the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union has won a significant victory against Zero Hours contracts at Hovis. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a long and determined push back by the labour movement against all forms of precarious work.
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