To State Department για τη Χρυσή Αυγή
Παρατίθεται αυτούσιο το απόσπασμα της ετήσιας έκθεσης International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 του State Department (Γραφείο για τη Δημοκρατία, τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα και την Εργασία), το οποίο με ακρίβεια σκιαγραφεί την έξαρση του αντισημιτισμού και των περιστατικών ρατσιστικής βίας στην Ελλάδα μετά την ανάδειξη και εδραίωση, τον τελευταίο χρόνο, της “ξενοφοβικής” Χρυσής Αυγής ως ρυθμιστή πλέον της πολιτικής ζωής της χώρας.
In May voters elected members of Golden Dawn, an openly anti-Semitic and xenophobic political party, to the national parliament for the first time, with almost 7 percent of the vote. Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos publicly and repeatedly denied the Holocaust and often gave Nazi salutes at public events. During an October plenary session of parliament, a member of Golden Dawn read passages from the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” In October the parliament voted to lift the immunity of three Golden Dawn members of parliament so that they could be investigated for criminal offenses. Law enforcement authorities suspected the party spokesperson of involvement in a 2007 armed robbery, and suspected two other members of property damage during September attacks against immigrants.
(…)Human Rights Watch and other groups alleged the police took little action to curb violent Golden Dawn activities.
In November the Metropolitan of Piraeus filed a blasphemy complaint against the director and actors of the theatrical play “Corpus Christi,” which portrayed Jesus and the Apostles as gay men. An Athens prosecutor pressed charges, but no trial date was set. The theater cancelled performances of the play a few days after its October premiere due to violent protests by some Greek Orthodox priests and Golden Dawn supporters. Several Golden Dawn members of parliament blocked the entrance of the theater and clashed with police on opening night. Police charged one member of parliament with intervening in the arrest of a protestor.
There were reports of harassment and increasingly violent physical attacks against individuals perceived to be immigrants and refugees, many of whom were Muslim. The Racist Violence Recording Network documented attacks against 190 victims from October 2011 to December 2012, but the total number was believed to be higher because migrants without legal status often feared reporting such incidents. Two cases involved women wearing the hijab. In some cases the victims or witnesses reported that they recognized Golden Dawn insignia on the attackers’ clothing. Because religion and ethnicity were often inextricably linked, it was difficult to categorize many incidents specifically as ethnic or religious intolerance.
Expressions of anti-Semitism increased after Golden Dawn members entered parliament. The party’s official newspaper attacked the teaching of the Holocaust in schools and, on the occasion of a visit by the executive director of the American Jewish Committee, stated that the Jewish lobby and Zionism conspired against Greek wealth. The July issue of the newspaper Eleftheri Ora, associated with the Golden Dawn party, included copies of a booklet on the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” with an introduction by Father Eustathios Kollas, honorary president of the Greek Orthodox Priests Association. The Greek Orthodox Priests Association took no official position on Golden Dawn. Some members of the clergy condemned violent attacks against immigrants, while others expressed open support for Golden Dawn.
In April unknown perpetrators drew swastikas on the door of the Jewish cemetery in Ioannina, and vandals painted Stars of David on all banks in Chalkida. In September vandals defaced the wall of the Jewish cemetery in Drama with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. In October vandals painted swastikas on all six sides of the Holocaust monument in Rhodes. Following the incident, the government issued a statement condemning the desecration, as well as all acts of intolerance and anti-Semitism. Police opened investigations in each case, but did not identify the perpetrators.
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