Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party is increasingly assuming the role of law enforcement officers on the streets of the bankrupt country, with mounting evidence that Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.
return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the
party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as a
One victim of crime, an eloquent US-trained civil
servant, told the Guardian of her family's shock at being referred to
the party when her mother recently called the police following an
incident involving Albanian immigrants in their downtown apartment
"They immediately said if it's an issue with immigrants go
to Golden Dawn," said the 38-year-old, who fearing for her job and
safety, spoke only on condition of anonymity. "We don't condone Golden
Dawn but there is an acute social problem that has come with the
breakdown of feeling of security among lower and middle class people in
the urban centre," she said. "If the police and official mechanism can't
deliver and there is no recourse to justice, then you have to turn to
other maverick solutions."
So the local .gov cannot or will not do their job of law enforcement, so the cops are sending people to a private group... how many ways can you think of that this can/will end badly?