With weeks to go before Golden Dawn much-anticipated trial starts, fresh evidence has emerged exposing the party’s Nazi roots.
Footage released by Kathimerini on Sunday shows GD number two Christos Pappas instructing young children how to chant “Heil Hitler” and give the Nazi salute. Pappas, in jail awaiting trial on charges of setting up and running a criminal organization, can be heard urging a young boy holding a Nazi flag and wearing a swastika armband to yell “Heil Hitler.” The boy is praised each time he performs the routine. In another scene, an older girl shows the boy how to give the salute. The video, one of four allegedly shot on Pappas’s cell phone, is included in the case file against Golden Dawn.
GD members deny they are neo-Nazis, instead saying they are “Greek nationalists.”
An opinion poll published over the weekend put GD at 6.7 percent, behind SYRIZA and New Democracy.