COMMUNITY LEADERS DENOUNCE GOLDEN DAWN

Greek community leaders from Sydney, Melbourne and the Australian Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Council were joined by other community leaders and trade unionists in denouncing the far right Golden Dawn party of Greece. A joint statement was released on September 2 20104 and is presented in full below:

 

The planned visit to Australia in October by two members of the extremist Greek political party, Golden Dawn, is a matter that should concern all Australians. Golden Dawn is committed to promoting division between ethnic and religious communities. It also promotes hateful attitudes towards women and espouses the marginalization and suppression of people who it deems to have an ‘unnatural’ sexuality. These prejudices are entirely incompatible with the vision of a peaceful, tolerant, multicultural Australia that promotes harmony and cooperation across all parts of society.

 Beyond its racist, bigoted ideology, Golden Dawn draws inspiration from the violent methods of the Nazi German regime of the last century.  Its members and supporters routinely whip themselves into a frenzy of hate with torchlight rallies, demagogic rhetoric and stiff arm salutes. Some members (including senior leaders) have been charged by police with bashing defenceless individuals who they deem to be enemies.

 During 2013, the leader of Golden Dawn and dozens of its followers were arrested in Greece and charged with offences ranging from murder and causing explosions, to blackmail.

 Australians have a proud record of bravery and sacrifice in fighting and defeating fascism in the twentieth century. We call on all Australians to unite once more to demonstrate their detestation of the message of hatred and the violent politics being propagated by groups like Golden Dawn.

 

George Vellis Coordinator,

Australian Hellenic Council

Joe Caputo Chairperson,

Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia

Nicholas Pappas AM Hon Secretary,

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council

Randa Kattan

Chief Executive Officer, Arab Council Australia

Bill Papastergiadis President,

Greek Orthodox Community Melbourne and Victoria

Maha Abdo OAM Executive Officer,

United Muslim Women Association Inc

Michael Tsilimos General Secretary,

Greek Orthodox Community of NSW

Mr Hafez Kassem, President,

Muslims Australia (AFIC)

Angelo Gavrielatos Federal President,

Australian Education Union

Ged Kearney President,

Australian Council of Trade Unions

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