Neo-Nazi Greek party plans international expansion

Golden Dawn party chairman, Nikolaos Michaloliakos

Golden Dawn party chairman, Nikolaos Michaloliakos

Greece’s Golden Dawn party has reportedly embarked on an international expansion campaign.

The neo-Nazi party, which is linked to black-shirted gangs that terrorise ethnic minorities and immigrants in Greece, has established a transatlantic group to preach the party’s policies in the United States.

According to reports, the “Emigrants” sub-division group intends to promote the party's cause “wherever there are Greeks”. There are around three million Greeks living in the US.

Father Alex Karloutsos, a leading Greek community figure from New York, told the Guardian that "Nationalism, fascism, xenophobia are not part of our spiritual or cultural heritage - we don't see any gold in Golden Dawn.”

The party also reportedly intends to establish offices in Germany, Australia and Canada to target the estimated seven million-strong Greek diaspora.

Golden Dawn, whose logo appears to be a version of the swastika, holds 18 seats in parliament. Party members have been associated with Holocaust denial and antisemitism.

Last updated: 11:19am, April 4 2013