Neo-Nazi Greek MP Assaults Female Colleagues (Video)

It probably isn’t surprising that an avowed neo-Nazi party would embrace violence, but it is a bit surprising that they’d do so on national television.

Greek MP Ilias Kasidiaris, the spokesperson for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, assaulted two female members of parliament during a televised debate. The Athenian prosecutor, Eleni Raikou, has ordered his arrest.

Kasidaris threw a glass of water at Rena Dourou, a SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) MP, after Dourou mentioned Kasidaris’ upcoming trial for robbery and assault. Liana Kanelli, a fellow MP and a member of the KKE (Communist) Party, stood up to protest. Kasidaris then slapped Kanelli at least three times, before the television network cut the feed. The altercation reportedly continued afterward, with Kasidaris threatening technicians and journalists before fleeing the studio.

The act drew swift condemnation from across the political spectrum, and threw a new spotlight on the fascist party that won 21 seats in parliament while promising to rid Greece of immigrant “filth.”

“Now that they have seen what this party is really about, Greeks will have no alibi to vote for them again,” said Prokopis Pavlopoulos, a former MP and a member of the conservative New Democracy party. “I, personally, will never take part in a debate with a member of Golden Dawn again.”

Greek caretaker government spokesperson issued a statement saying, “The government condemns in the most categorical manner the attack by the spokesman of the Golden Dawn party Elias Kasidiaris on Liana Kanelli and Rena Dourou. Political differences can’t be resolved with violence.”

A spokesperson for SYRIZA said that the assault “unveiled the true face of this criminal organization.”

Kanelli said the assault was proof that Greeks should reject Golden Dawn in the upcoming election. “With the power of their vote on June 17, citizens must isolate every thuggish hand, which has no qualms about striking at any time,” she said.

Golden Dawn has officially claimed that it is not a neo-Nazi party, but party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos has denied the Holocaust, and the party’s central goal has been to rid Greece of all immigrants.

“No one should fear me if they are a good Greek citizen,” Michaloliakos has said. “If they are traitors – I don’t know.”

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40 comments

devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

Fear is the root cause of this. There are only two dynamic energies that motivate us from a foundational level...the energy of fear, and the energy of love. Love unifies. Fear divides.
The neo-natzi's are running on the treadmill of fear infested perceptions of reality. They are dangerous because they sincerely believe their nightmarish rantings are Truth. It is a form of spiritual (not religious) impoverishment.
We all need to shine our Light brighter. Where ever we are.

devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

Fear is the root cause of this. There are only two dynamic energies that motivate us from a foundational level...the energy of fear, and the energy of love. Love unifies. Fear divides.
The neo-natzi's are running on the treadmill of fear infested perceptions of reality. They are dangerous because they sincerely believe their nightmarish rantings are Truth. It is a form of spiritual (not religious) impoverishment.
We all need to shine our Light brighter. Where ever we are.

eusebio vestias
vestias3 years ago

Esse neo-nazista é um doente mental olhem lá onde este pais e este povo esta metido o pais está na beira do abismo um povo que está todo machucado com tantas medidas de austeridade e ainda não acabou Eu sinto muito por este pais Agora esse doente mental deve encarar a justiça e que seja condenado O que se passou neste programa foi uma vergonha para a Grécia

eusebio vestias
vestias3 years ago

Esse neo-nazista é um doente mental olhem lá onde este pais e este povo esta metido o pais está na beira do abismo um povo que está todo machucado com tantas medidas de austeridade e ainda não acabou Eu sinto muito por este pais Agora esse doente mental deve encarar a justiça e que seja condenado O que se passou neste programa foi uma vergonha para a Grécia

Chris R.
Chris Robinson3 years ago

After the absolute rape of Greece by the Nazi's during World War II, how can the Greek people today tolerate the official sanctioning of a neo-Nazi party? These are traitors and criminal elements and should be dealt with as such.

Stella Ward
Stella Ward3 years ago

The attack of Kasidiaris on the women is only a small sample of the growing frustration of the Greek people with the current political system and the austerity measures that have seriously hurt this nation to the point of people committing suicide publicly in order to get the message across of what is happening here. There is too much blaming between all the political parties without any real solutions on how to deal with the social problems. The reason people in Greece are angered by the immigrant "filth" is due to the extreme amount of illegal immigrants entering daily which has caused the crime rate to rise and resentments to rise over the loss of jobs and retirement funds. Support is need throughout in order to make major changes within the Greek political and social strata.

A N M.
Anne m.3 years ago

What else is new? Seems those nazis anywhere don't like women much, do they? Of course they don't like gays either. Is there anybody they actually like? Themselves I guess. That Greek nazi symbol is hilarious. Maybe the GOP in the US should adopt something like this and stop insulting elephants.

Virginia B.
Virginia B.3 years ago

Clearly Kasidiaris is mentally ill -- as are most of the Neo-Nazis in this country. Talk about "anger issues"!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Notice it's only the women who have the balls to debate him and, even after he throws water at the one woman, all but one sit on their asses? Cowards.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Obviously he doesn't consider women his equal and thus not a "colleague". I wonder what his jail term will be for assault. He should lose his seat at any rate.