International mass media has welcomed the arrests and jailing of the leadership of the Golden Dawn fascist political party represented in Greek Parliament. Also the majority of the Greek population, including the one million immigrants, has approved this move.
Without doubt, Golden Dawn was and is a fascist organization of the worst kind, attacking and murdering immigrants, promoting ultra-nationalism and obviously, as per latest investigation results, responsible also for the murder of the Greek anti-fascist, Pavlos Fyssas.
Still, international media and attention should not only focus on this step – but also pay attention to the methodology used to arrest the members and leadership of Golden Dawn who had all been legally become members of parliament in the last election. For the first time since the military coup of April 21,1967 the leadership of a political party represented in Parliament has been arrested without following proper constitutional procedures .
Rather than using the normal procedure of obtaining the permission of Parliament in order to arrest the leadership of Golden Dawn, the Athens Regime interpreted article 62 of the Greek Constitution in an arbitrary way. This article mentions that it is permitted to arrest members of Parliament if they are caught in the act of committing (en flagrant delit) a felony. The Athens regime used this article of the constitution and charged the leadership of Golden Dawn of having creating a criminal organization, considering this as“creating” a constant crime – and thus being in accordance to article 62.
While the attention of all is focusing on the arrests, hardly anything is said about the fact, that Pavlos Fyssas was murdered in front of five police agents who did nothing to prevent this killing.
Only a few days after the murder of Fyssas, Mr. Dendias, the Regime’s Minister of Protection of the Citizen, transferred a dossier to the public prosecutor describing 35 cases of violence performed by the Golden Dawn people in the past two years.
International public opinion is not asking why neither Minister nor Public Prosecutor had not acted after each of these acts of violence? Had they acted immediately, perhaps Pavlos Fyssas might be still alive today. Why was it tolerated during all these two years that police officers trained Golden Dawn members in martial arts? Why was it tolerated that the Golden Dawn members of parliament circulated armed – even in Parliament? And last not least, why does the international opinion not ask: Why was the democratic methodology suddenly violated in Greece with this arrest? Could this create a precedence for possible future cases? Does this act open possibilities for all ruling governments within the EU to eliminate unwanted MPs by similar “article 62 acts” avoiding proper procedure? Accidentally, this “article 62 act” comes right in time to disorient the attention of the Greeks from the ongoing Troika visit in their country and their further catastrophic orders. Rather than discussing the economic implications of the increasing economic problems affecting the population of Greece, the focus of attention is shifted to Golden Dawn – and crimes that have long been known and remained without follow up. Is a policy of disorientation and fear – implemented in order to to create fear among the Greeks and to warn them how quickly undemocratic ways can be applied?
What is next? Will the opposition party SYRIZA be declared a criminal organization and its members arrested? The same could be done with any Trade Union or groups of protesting citizens. Even the Athens regime could be declared a criminal organization by the Public Prosecutor and accused of crimes by creating circumstances leading to 10 suicides per day, ignoring the constitution and destroying the country by following the instructions of the Troika…..
Is the sun of Democracy setting in Greece and in the EU? – We must not let this happen.
Member of the Political Secretariat of EPAM
Athens September 30,2013