Members of the New York chapter of the Greek far-right ultra-extremist party Golden Dawn demonstrated on the morning of Nov. 11 in front of the Greek Consulate in Manhattan, protesting the government it blames for the killing of two members on Nov. 1 in Athens.
Giorgos Fountoulis and Manolis Kapelonis, two guards at a Golden Dawn chapter in an Athens neighborhood, were gunned down by a still-unknown suspect who got off a motorcycle and opened fire on four men, wounding another while a fourth ran and escaped.
In a posting on its website, the party wrote that: “We stood in front of the Greek consulate protesting against the vile Greek Government and its funded unit of Anarchist terrorists. We stand in solidarity with our brothers in Greece, in memory of our fallen brothers Giorgos Fountoulis and Manolis Kapelonis. Special thanks to the few random Greeks walking by that saw us and gave us warm regards!”
They added that they would remember their fallen comrades and that “We will never forget the sacrifices you have made. Your spirits will always march with us in our ranks. Your memory will live on forever and that memory will fuel the will of the Hellenic race, until the final victory.”
The murders came a few weeks after a 34-year-old anti-fascist hip-hop artist, Pavlos Fyssas, was murdered when police said a man linked to Golden Dawn stabbed in the heart following a confrontation at a tavern when it was said some party members called in reinforcements. Golden Dawn’s modus operandi is to outnumber victims rather than confront them one-one-one.
Fyssas’ murder triggered a crackdown on the party and the arrest of its top leaders, four of whom are being detained pending trial on charges of running a criminal gang. There haven’t been any arrests in the killing of Fountoulis and Kapelonis and police fear it may be the work of terrorists.
Golden Dawn rose from obscurity and 0.29 percent of the vote in the 2009 elections to win 18 seats in Parliament in 2012 on the back of an agenda that was anti-immigrant and against bailout deals signed by the government with international lenders but has been accused of assaulting immigrants, which it has denied, and of wanting to undermine authorities.