Golden Dawn MPs to lose police protection

Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias on Monday said that Greek police will withdraw the state bodyguards granted to far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) deputies following the recent raids by party MPs and supporters on migrant street kiosks in Rafina, northeast of Athens, and Messolonghi, western Greece.

Dendias on Saturday ordered authorities to file charges against supporters of Golden Dawn as well as two of the party?s deputies, Giorgos Germenis and Panayiotis Iliopoulos, following an attack on immigrants? stalls at a church fate in Rafina, northeast of Athens, on Friday night.

The action could lead to the MPs having their parliamentary immunity lifted.

Golden Dawn has insisted that its raids were legal and pledged to continue such raids on open-air markets.

Monday’s decision is not expected to affect Golden Dawn chief Nikos Michaloliakos and the party’s headquarters that will still enjoy police protection.

Meanwhile, it was announced Monday the head of the Rafina police station has been suspended following the attacks.

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