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.