Thessaloniki mayor proposes ban on any ‘Nazi parties’

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Wednesday called for Greece to copy Germany?s law and ban any ?Nazi parties.?

His comment came in the wake of far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) winning seats in Parliament on Sunday.

?It is a sign of the times,? said Boutaris during an event to mark the end of the Second World War. ?Recession, austerity and unemployment have revived extremism in Europe.?

Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias also decried the rise of Chrysi Avgi, calling it a ?rape of modern Greek history.? Christofias slammed the party for supporting the 1967-74 Greek junta, whose actions in Cyprus triggered the Turkish invasion of the island.