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Bloged in Allgemein by friedi Mittwoch Dezember 19, 2012

16.Dec: Golden Dawn members attack and beat SYRIZA MP<>

(Faschisten verletzten linken Parlamentarier vor Fußballstadion in Athen)

(deutsch-sprachige Version am Ende)

Members of extreme right-wing Golden Dawn attacked and beat Dimitris Stratoulis, MP of left-wing SYRIZA outside OAKA football stadium Sunday evening in Athens. According to Stratoulis, he was approached by three men who told him they were members of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn).

“They told me they were memebrs of Chrysi Avgi and they would kill me now. They started to kick me and hit me with their fists on the head and face.” Stratoulis told reporters.

“I am Dimitris Stratoulis, members of SYRIZA and I’m under attack by Chrysi Avgi,” he reportedly shouted during the incident and some other soccer fans came to his aid.

Dimitris Stratoulis was taken to the stadium first aid unit and then went to local police station to file a lawsuit. After speaking to reporters, he went to an Athens Hospital for medical checks.


Stratoulis <–ston-stratouli> was  watching the Superleague game AEK-Atromitos but went outside the stadium during the break many other soccer fans. His son was inside the stadium when the attack occurred.

The MP told police that the perpetrators were three men between 3o-35.

SYRIZA issued a statement speaking of “assassination attack” and urging the government to capture the culprits a s soon as possible.

Government spokesman condemned the attack as well as coalition government partners PASOK and Democratic Left that spoke of ‘hooligan and fascist attack.”

Chrysi Avgi denied any connection with the incident and dismissed Stratoulis’ claims.

Almost at the same time of the attack against Stratoulis, there was tension between anti-fascist protesters and Chrysi Avgi members in Nikaia/Renti suburb of Athens, outside the Village cinemas. Protesters had organized an anti-fascist demonstration when they saw Chrysi Avgi
members who were attending a party gathering. The two groups reportedly started to chase each other, with police making limited use of tear gas.

According to Skai TV , the police chased protesters inside the cinema complex, fired one or two tear gas devices, scaring the cinema visitors. Unconfirmed reports speak of one wounded woman.

(Info weitergeleitet von

Syriza bezeichnet Angriff auf Dimitris Stratoulis als brutalen Mordversuch (Guardian)

Faschisten verletzten linken Parlamentarier vor Fußballstadion in Athen

Der Parlamentarier des radikalen Linksbündnisses Syriza Dimitris Stratoulis wurde am Sonntag von drei Mitgliedern der faschistischen Partei Chryssi Avgi attackiert und dabei am Kopf und an den Beinen verletzt. Das Geschehen ereignete sich während der Halbzeit des Fußballspiels zwischen AEK Athen und Atromitos vor dem Olympiastadion in Athen. In dem Moment, als die drei Faschisten gegen den linken Parlamentarier Gewalt anwendeten, sollen sie gerufen haben: „Wir sind von der Chryssi Avgi. Jetzt werden wird dich umbringen.“ Fußballfans, die das Geschehen erfassten, seien daraufhin unmittelbar zur Hilfe geeilt. Die drei Täter ergriffen im Anschluss die Flucht.

In einer Mitteilung verlangt Syriza die „sofortige Verhaftung der Täter“. „Die faschistische Organisation Chryssi Avgi“, so heißt es, werde es mit mathematischer Sicherheit dahin bringen, „dass schon bald Leben betrauert werden müssen“. Diese Partei, so wurde festgestellt, „löst die Demokratie auf“. Verurteilt wurde der Angriff auf den Parlamentarier von allen anderen Parteien und von der Regierung. Regierungssprecher Simos Kedikoglou stellte fest: „Die Gewalt gehört nicht zu unserer politischen Kultur.“ Die sozialistische Regierungspartei PASOK machte u. a. darauf aufmerksam, dass die Partei bereits „Initiativen für Verurteilung der Neonazis und der gesellschaftlichen und rassistischen Gewalt“ ergriffen habe und die „Parteien zu Einheit“ aufgerufen habe. Die Unabhängigen Griechen machten ihrerseits darauf aufmerksam, dass im Stadium während des Fußballspiels nicht nur Polizisten sondern auch die Bereitschaftspolizei MAT anwesend waren. Demzufolge gäbe es „keine Ausrede“ für die griechische Polizei, die Täter so schnell wie möglich zu fassen. Die Demokratischen Linken sprachen von „faschistischen Angriffen“, die ein „Schlag gegen die politische Normalität“ seien. Der Angriff wurde auch von der kommunistischen Partei KKE verurteilt. Der Anhängerverein von AEK „Original 21“ missbilligte in einer Mitteilung ebenfalls den Angriff auf Stratoulis. Sie machten darauf aufmerksam, dass sie ebenfalls „Nachfahren von Flüchtlingen und Immigranten“ aus Kleinasien sind. Die Chryssi Avgi selbst bestreitet sämtliche Vorwürfe und will mit dem Angriff nichts zutun haben. (Griechenland Zeitung / eh)

Syriza says attack on MP was ‚brutal assassination attempt‘

Dimitris Stratoulis, deputy of leftwing Greek party, set upon at football match in Athens on Sunday night

Helena Smith in Athens

Monday 17 December 2012

Greek politicians have denounced an attack on a prominent leftist MP amid mounting fears of growing extremist violence in the country.

With the main opposition group, Syriza, going so far as to describe the assault on its deputy Dimitris Stratoulis as a „brutal assassination attempt“, Athens‘ tripartite governing coalition moved swiftly to condemn the incident. „Any kind of attack and threat is unacceptable in our democracy,“ the government spokesman, Simos Kedikoglou, said. „Violence has no place in our culture.“

Stratoulis was set upon by three men in their 30s as he attended a football match with his son at the Olympic stadium in Athens on Sunday night. Recognising him during the half-time break, the assailants are reported to have said „now we are going to kill you“ before claiming they were members of the far-right group Golden Dawn and kicking and punching the politician in the head.

Golden Dawn vehemently denied it was behind the assault and launched legal action against Stratoulis for referring to the organisation as a „gang of criminals“. The ultra-nationalists, who have become Greece’s fastest-growing party on the back of anti-austerity sentiment, have decried „the left-wing politicians who foment violence“.

„[They] should stop using the name of Golden Dawn,“ the party said in a statement.

With social tensions spiralling amid record levels of unemployment and poverty, the incident has highlighted concern over the growing friction between left and right as the debt-stricken nation navigates its worst crisis in modern times.

Golden Dawn, whose party logo has been compared to the swastika and whose rhetoric is unabashedly xenophobic, has been linked to a dramatic rise in racist attacks across Greece. Clashes between the extremists and anti-establishment leftists have also proliferated with commentators raising the alarm over a potential civil war.

The Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panagiotaros, who filed the suit against Stratoulis on behalf of the party, recently told the BBC: „Greek society is ready – even though no one likes this – to have a fight: a new type of civil war. On the one side there will be nationalists like us, and Greeks who want our country to be as it used to be, and on the other side illegal immigrants, anarchists and all those who have destroyed Athens several times.“

Earlier this year, Golden Dawn’s spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris assaulted two leftwing female MPs on live TV, repeatedly slapping one of the politicians across the cheek and throwing a glass of water at the other. Instead of waning, the party’s popularity ratings rose.

Expressing consternation over the latest attack, the media called on the Greek government to take immediate action. In a front-page editorial the authoritative newspaper, Ta Nea, insisted that condemning the assault was „not enough“.

„Uncontrollable violence is becoming part of everyday life in Greece,“ it wrote. „Dealing with Golden Dawn is a crucial issue.“

In a letter to Stratoulis, the UK-bas ed Greece Solidarity Campaign also highlighted international concern saying:

„We have been here before – with Hitler and the Nazi party in the early 1930s. The rise of Chrysi Avgi [Golden Dawn] is the direct result of the extreme austerity measures imposed by the troika [the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank] and implemented by the Greek coalition government.“

(weitergeleitet von Wilfried)

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