The long-awaited trial of 69 members and sympathizers of the Greek pro-Nazi party Alba Dorata, which was taken up again this morning in Athens, has again been adjourned till 12 May. Meanwhile, the judges have rejected the request of numerous protesters to move the venue of the trial. “We are judges,” said the President of the court – personally I don’t know if we have other places and this is a problem that concerns the political leaders “.
As it was last April 20, on the opening day of the trial, all the schools of the Koridallos, neighborhood on the outskirts of Athens where the penitentiary was to host the courtroom for the trial, remained closed in protest.
The far-right wing party of neo-Nazi inspiration is defined in the files of the accusation as “a criminal organisation”. An organisation “which aims at carrying out brutal beatings and murders its ideological enemies and foreign immigrants”, who today represent a third of the political force in the country and is represented by as many as 17 members of Parliament. That paradox can be explained only with the unusual situation in the country that has been created as a result of the crisis in the years of the Troika.
Meanwhile, 18 deputies who were elected in the 2012 general election, are under accusation, of which 13 still hold their posts. Amongst all them, the names Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of the party, Elias Kassidiaris, former spokesman and the Deputy Christos Pappas, known for having called Hitler a “forerunner of a United Europe”. Even the murder of leftist rapper Pavolos Fyssas aged 34, in September 17, 2013 –for which there is a self-confessed culprit – are to be directly attributable to the campaigns of aggression pursued by the Golden Dawn against political enemies and others who for various reasons, have gone in its crosshairs. Different, of course, the judgement of the defendants, who openly speak of “a political-judicial plot.” Many, these days, are speaking of a “historical proceeding”, since for the first time in the history of democratic Greece a political party represented in Parliament has ended up behind the bar with the risk that its members could be sentenced up to 20 years imprisonment.