Hospital revokes commendation to GD members over blood drive

A hospital in Katerini, in northern Greece, has revoked a commendation previously bestowed on Golden Dawn’s “green division” for its contribution in a recent blood drive.

Prompted by reactions in the local media, hospital authorities launched an internal inquiry into the incident and banned members of fascist and neo-Nazi organizations from donating blood.

“Illness, pain, blood donation, hospitalization, medical assistance and other human values have no nationality, religion or language,” hospital manager Asterios Farmakis said in a statement.

“Voluntary action cannot in any way be linked to fascist and criminal organizations such as Golden Dawn,” he said.

Golden Dawn’s “green division” was set up in a bid to advance an eco-friendly image for the party. The party’s leadership is currently on trial on charges of running a criminal organization masked as a political party.

Previous drives by GD to get Greeks to donate blood only for their fellow citizens has outraged doctors and medical authorities, who have slammed the initiative as racist and inhuman.

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