Hard Times Lift Greece’s Anti-Immigrant Fringe
By RACHEL DONADIO and DIMITRIS BOUNIAS
Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of Golden Dawn, greeted voters this month in Megara, Greece. Many polls indicate that in the national elections scheduled for May 6, Golden Dawn may surpass the 3 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament. The group has been campaigning on the streets, something that mainstream politicians have avoided for fear of angry reactions by voters who blame them for Greece’s economic collapse.
He approached an older woman, who recounted how a relative had been robbed of about $800. “They threw her on the ground, they took the 600 euros she had withdrawn from the bank to pay for her husband’s nursing home,” the woman said. “She was even a Communist, and she told me, ‘I’m going to Golden Dawn to report this.’ ”
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