Another Greek lawmaker from the country’s oppressed right-wing Golden Dawn party has been imprisoned on charges of being a member of a “criminal organization”, with no presented evidence, even though the Golden Dawn party has not been outlawed in Greece by the justice system.
On Sunday, Stathis Boukouras was put behind bars following the imprisonment of two other members of the party, Yorgos Germenis and Panagiotis Iliopoulos, as part of a communist government oppression on the nationalist party.
All three lawmakers have denied the charges, arguing that they have fallen victim to a “political persecution”.
“We’re talking about the biggest judicial coup in Greece’s modern political history,” the party said on its website on Sunday.
Since September last year, three other lawmakers, including Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and his deputy Christos Pappas, have been placed in detention following the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, a leftist musician, by suspected Golden Dawn member, George Roupakias in Keratsini, western Athens.
The musician’s killing triggered a wave of anarchist protests across Greece and prompted strong statements by the country’s political leftist leaders.
Golden Dawn rose from a fringe group to win nearly 7% of the vote in the 2012 general elections, and has seen its support rising to around 20% since then due to its widespread criticism of illegal immigration, austerity reforms and free public food drives in the debt-stricken country.
While some would ask, “Why not just arrest the targeted MPs simultaneously?” Well the idea is to create a constant media soap opera, to attempt to condition the public against Golden Dawn in metered doses. It is part of the sinister leftist political plan meant to persecute and oppress Golden Dawn, or any other opposition for that matter, from ever actually winning 20% in the country’s next elections.
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