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Greek neo-Nazis get life for murdering Pakistani – DAWN.COM

ATHENS: Two suspected members of Greece’s neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn received life sentences on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said.

However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution’s argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated.

Luqman’s killing, and that of Greek leftist rapper Pavlos Fyssas a few months earlier, prompted Greek authorities to begin a crackdown on Golden Dawn that revealed the group’s violent paramilitary activities, according to investigators.

Several of the party’s senior members are now behind bars awaiting trial, with the Greek judiciary gathering evidence to show Golden Dawn operated as a criminal organisation.

Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, were arrested a few hours after Luqman’s murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police.

According to the driver, the pair drove up behind the victim and assaulted him as he was cycling in the Petralona neighbourhood near the Acropolis.

A search of Liakopoulos’s home found Golden Dawn leaflets in addition to knives and truncheons, although the two men have denied membership in the neo-Nazi party.

The pair said they got into an argument with the victim after he blocked their path with his bicycle.

Six of Golden Dawn’s 18 elected members of parliament are currently behind bars awaiting trial and a total of nine have been indicted on charges of belonging to, or running, a criminal organisation.

Formerly on the fringe of Greek politics, openly xenophobic and anti-Semitic Golden Dawn has seen its popularity soar as it taps into widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms in debt-wracked Greece.

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Greek far right fires up Athens election campaign

Greek far right fires up Athens election campaign

By Renee Maltezou & Deepa Babington

Greek far-right Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris strode into a packed hotel room in central Athens last month to the sound of a marching song and supporters’ cries of “Here comes the mayor!”

“In less than 100 years, Greeks will become a minority in their country. The only way to strike at the root of evil is through the municipal elections,” Kasidiaris said, pledging to rid the Greek capital of “thieves and immigrants.”

“We must win the May elections to save the Greek blood,” he roared before leading the crowd in singing the national anthem.

The raucous gathering was just one campaign stop in an increasingly heated Athens’ mayoral race, the most symbolic and closely watched battle in Greece’s local and European elections in May – the first big electoral test for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since he took power in 2012.

At stake is the right to run the ancient city that gave birth to democracy over 2,500 years ago but is now on its knees, riven by protests, rising homelessness and poverty-ridden areas.

After six years of recession and austerity, the election is being fought as much on national issues like an unpopular EU-IMF bailout as on local issues. Opposition parties see it as a test of sentiment on Samaras’s pro-bailout government.

“The municipal elections now have more of a political meaning because they are being held for the first time in the middle of the chaos of the debt crisis,” said Dimitris Mavros, head of the MRB polling agency.

The rise of far-right and anti-EU parties has been seen across Europe as voters shun the mainstream architects of austerity policies, such as in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and even non-euro zone Britain.

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Greek neo-Nazis get life for murdering Pakistani – DAWN.COM

ATHENS: Two suspected members of Greece’s neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn received life sentences on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said. However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution’s argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated. Luqman’s killing, and that of Greek leftist rapper Pavlos Fyssas a few months earlier, prompted Greek authorities to begin a crackdown on Golden Dawn that revealed the group’s violent paramilitary activities, according to investigators. Several of the party’s senior members are now behind bars awaiting trial, with the Greek judiciary gathering evidence to show Golden Dawn operated as a criminal organisation. Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, were arrested a few hours after Luqman’s murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police. According to the driver, the pair drove up behind the victim and assaulted him as he was cycling in the Petralona neighbourhood near the Acropolis. A search of Liakopoulos’s home found Golden Dawn leaflets in addition to knives and truncheons, although the two men have denied membership in the neo-Nazi party. The pair said they got into an argument with the victim after he blocked their path with his bicycle. Six of Golden Dawn’s 18 elected members of parliament are currently behind bars awaiting trial and a total of nine have been indicted on charges of belonging to, or running, a criminal organisation. Formerly on the fringe of Greek politics, openly xenophobic and anti-Semitic Golden Dawn has seen its popularity soar as it taps into widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms in debt-wracked Greece.

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Greek far right fires up Athens election campaign

Greek far right fires up Athens election campaign By Renee Maltezou & Deepa Babington Greek far-right Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris strode into a packed hotel room in central Athens last month to the sound of a marching song and supporters’ cries of “Here comes the mayor!” “In less than 100 years, Greeks will become a minority in their country. The only way to strike at the root of evil is through the municipal elections,” Kasidiaris said, pledging to rid the Greek capital of “thieves and immigrants.” “We must win the May elections to save the Greek blood,” he roared before leading the crowd in singing the national anthem. The raucous gathering was just one campaign stop in an increasingly heated Athens’ mayoral race, the most symbolic and closely watched battle in Greece’s local and European elections in May – the first big electoral test for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras since he took power in 2012. At stake is the right to run the ancient city that gave birth to democracy over 2,500 years ago but is now on its knees, riven by protests, rising homelessness and poverty-ridden areas. After six years of recession and austerity, the election is being fought as much on national issues like an unpopular EU-IMF bailout as on local issues. Opposition parties see it as a test of sentiment on Samaras’s pro-bailout government. “The municipal elections now have more of a political meaning because they are being held for the first time in the middle of the chaos of the debt crisis,” said Dimitris Mavros, head of the MRB polling agency. The rise of far-right and anti-EU parties has been seen across Europe as voters shun the mainstream architects of austerity policies, such as in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and even non-euro zone Britain.

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