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Greek leftist says government must do more to tackle Golden Dawn


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Greek leftist says government must do more to tackle Golden Dawn

The head of Greece’s main opposition party says the country’s government is to blame for criminal activity by the far-right Golden Dawn party which has recently come to light.

Alexis Tsipras told euronews that Athens should have taken on the group much earlier.

In an interview with euronews’ Efi Koutsokosta, he said Greek Minister for Public Order and Civil Protection, Nikos Dendias, “didn’t do his duty by handing over the charges he already had (against Golden Dawn) to the public prosecutor.”

“Should he wait until they become 33 with the 33rd being this assassination?,” Tsipras asked, branding the nationalist party as “a neo-Nazi sect” and “a criminal gang”.

The leader of Golden Dawn, Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, was sent to jail on Thursday for running a criminal organisation and recruiting for it. The government’s recent crackdown on the far-right party follows the fatal stabbing of a popular rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter.

Mihaloliakos’ iimprisonment comes after three other Golden Dawn MPs walked free on bail on Wednesday.

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