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Greek parliament votes to cut Golden Dawn state funds

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The Greek parliament has voted to cut off state funds to the far-right Golden Dawn party.

The law was passed by 235 votes to zero. It freezes payments to parties whose leadership is involved in a criminal group or terrorism.

The party’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos and two other senior members were arrested in September on charges of being part of a criminal group. The trial is pending.

It followed the killing of popular rapper Pavlos Fissos allegedly by a member of the group which has been branded a ‘neo-Nazi criminal gang’. Fissos’ death did lead to a dip in popularity for Golden Dawn.

The move is the latest effort from the Greek parliament to crack down on the party, which rose to power on a wave of anti-austerity and anti-immigrant sentiment.

“The Hellenic Republic needs a concrete plan against Golden Dawn. A plan that will contain not just legal provisions against them but mainly political ones,” explained Nikos Tsoukalis, an MP for the Democratic Left Party.

Euronews correspondent, Stamatis Giannisis in Athens says that the most pressing concern for Greek politics remains the fact that the ultra-right wing party still ranks third with voters in all recent polls.