Following the arrest of the Greek far-right leader of Golden Dawn, the party has given it’s first reaction. Giorgos Geminis, a Golden Dawn MP spoke out about the arrests; “Surveys show we have the support of 15% of the voters,” he told reporters. “They have replaced every officer in the intelligence service and the police in order to arrest us. What else could they do?.”
His statement referred to the influence that Golden Dawn allegedly enjoys on the police force.
Outside the party headquarters, more and more supporters have been gathering behind leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos and over 10 other party members, who were all arrested on charges of founding a criminal organisation. Golden Dawn is also under investigation for the murder of Pavlos Fissas, who died at the hands of a party supporter.
Euronews correspondent Fay Doulgkeri in Greece said: “For the first time after the coup, the leader of a parliamentary party has been arrested. After the murder of Pavlos Fissas, the developments were dramatic. Golden Dawn now faces the legal system. Many members of the party have already been arrested”.