Monday, May 07, 2012

well, that didn't take long, did it?

wikipedia | Golden Dawn (Greek: Χρυσή Αυγή, Chrysi Avgi, Greek pronunciation: [xriˈsi avˈʝi]) is a Greek nationalist far-right political organization led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos. It expresses anti-immigrant views and is known for its militancy. It also expresses sympathy with the totalitarian regime of Ioannis Metaxas.

Golden Dawn describes itself as a "People's Nationalist Movement" and "uncompromising Nationalists."[9] Michaloliakos described Golden Dawn as opposing the "so-called Enlightenment" and the Industrial Revolution.[9][10] Religiously, they currently support the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Michaloliakos began the foundations of what would become Golden Dawn in 1980. In 1991 it became a notable movement, and in 1993 was registered as a political party. It temporarily ceased political operations in 2005, and was absorbed by the Patriotic Alliance. The Alliance in turn ceased operations after Michaloliakos withdrew support. In March 2007, Golden Dawn held its sixth congress, where Party officials announced the resumption of their political activism. At local elections on November 7, 2010 Golden Dawn got 5.3% of the vote in the municipality of Athens, winning a seat at the City Council. In some neighbourhoods with big immigrant communities it even reached 20%.[11] In the Greek legislative election, 2012, it achieved 7% of the popular vote, enough to enter the Hellenic Parliament for the first time.