GD lawmakers arrive in Parliament, ‘hands off me’ says party chief

Three leading members of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn, including party chief Nikos Michaloliakos, arrived in Parliament from pre-trial custody on Wednesday ahead of a vote regarding the lifting of their immunity on a variety of charges.

“Hands off me, I’m the leader of the [country’s] third party,” said Michaloliakos as he entered Parliament, while his daughter, Ourania Michaloliakou, said she was “the world’s proudest daughter.”

Michaliakos and two more Golden Dawn lawmakers, Christos Pappas and Yiannis Lagos, arrived in Parliament amid heavy security measures while a group of about 200 Golden Dawn supporters rallied outside the House.

The three lawmakers are currently in pre-trial custody on charges of being members of a criminal organization.