Golden Dawn calls Delphi ceremony ‘historical in nature’

The far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday denied that it had tried to hold a pagan ceremony at the Archaeological Site of Delphi on Wednesday night after eight of its suspected members believed to have participated in the event were detained.

Police were called to the site late on Wednesday following complaints from visitors to the site, which was open to the public so that tourists and locals could enjoy the full moon.

Speaking to Skai on Thursday, Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris denied that the event had anything to do with pagan worship, claiming it was “historical in nature,” but said the party welcomed believers in religions other than Christian Orthodoxy, “as long as they are not harmful to Hellenism.”