The rise of fascist and extreme right wing forces is a phenomenon currently growing and taking threatening dimensions in big part of the European societies. This rise, empowered by the widespread social crisis and the imposed neoliberal policy deadlock, is also observed in our country.
Particularly in Greece, the memorandum policies of impoverishment, humiliation and erasure of any sign of social solidarity and state function, in tandem with the failed institutional response towards racist incidents (Manolada, Pharmaconisi) have significantly boosted the penetration and tolerance of nazi and fascist ideas within parts of our society.
The judicial persecution of MPs and cadres of Golden Dawn for a series of crimes and murderous attacks the nazi organization has been committing for decades, was certainly a positive development. At the same time it marks a big victory for the antifascist movement. However, we should remain alarmed. Especially when members of the government have incorporated in their rhetoric and practice elements from the ideological agenda of Golden Dawn and while it becomes apparent that a quite favorable legal framework is being adopted towards the criminal organization.