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Golden Dawn leader to respond to charges in Athens on Tuesday

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Golden Dawn leader to respond to charges in Athens on Tuesday


The deputy leader of Golden Dawn handed himself at police headquarters in Athens on Sunday. Christos Pappas had been sought along with five other MPs who were held a day earlier.

His arrest came as it was revealed the leader of the far-right party and four of its lawmakers will respond to charges of belonging to a criminal organisation on Tuesday.

“Long live Golden Dawn,” shouted Pappas as he was led away.

The arrests have been backed by much of the country’s press with headlines like “Democracy is knocking out the neo-Nazis” trumpeting the biggest mass detention of lawmakers since the end of Greece’s military dictatorship in 1974.

“We must have peace in this country at last. It’s not possible to have gangs going around and killing, kidnapping and creating social unrest every once in a while. In Greece, in Athens and in general the Greek people are good people,” said one Athens resident.

“I am very satisfied with the developments and I hope that we will take this to the end as there is still a long way to go. The government must act immediately to finish with this issue for good,” opined another.

The arrests were made following the killing of an anti-fascist rapper and the leader and lawmakers will be detained until their appearance before an investigating magistrate.

The party has denied any links to the killing.

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