Editorial: No tolerance for violence, hatred and racism
In politics there are no innocent or mistaken statements, especially when it comes to…
In politics there are no innocent or mistaken statements, especially when it comes to democratic lawfulness and the rule of law. The previous Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos recently stated that if Golden Dawn makes steps towards democratization, it is preferable to converge rather than come to blows. More so when these statements come after a number of ministers and coalition government MPs have embraced Golden Dawn, it is clear that this is not an isolated move, but generalized and dangerous beliefs.
In Greece it appears that some are quick to forget and adapt their reality to circumstantial partisan and power-related intentions. Because this is not some random group that slipped out of the democratic framework. They remain an extremist anti-democratic, pro-Nazi organization that cultivates hatred, violence and racism. We cannot forge the murders, assault groups or terrorism against migrants, After all, Golden Dawn itself was quick to remind everyone what it is after Paraskevopoulos’ pardon, by invading an event on human rights held at the central offices of the Journalist Union ESIEA.
This is not the first time that government officers express an opportunistic approval of Golden Dawn. Although they were adamant in the past regarding the actions of the neo-Nazi gang and did not miss an opportunity to denounce it in every way, today they are even tolerating appearing together.
No circumstantial intentions can justify absolving this gang that is dangerous for democracy. Hatred, racism and violence, which are inherent characteristics of neo-Nazis, cannot mutate nor purged simply because they hide behind a nationalist mask, which appears to move some within the SYRIZA-Golden Dawn coalition.