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Golden Dawn MPs thrown off committee after verbal blitz on minister

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Two Golden Dawn MPs, Ilias Kasidiaris (photo) and Nikos Pappas, were thrown out of Parliament’s Defense and Foreign Policy Committee on Wednesday after accusing Defense Minister Panos Kammenos of being a “traitor” for using the armed forces to help the country deal with the refugee crisis.

Parliament’s security guards were called to eject the lawmakers after their sustained verbal attack on the minister, which Kasidiaris filmed.

The video later appeared on the Internet. Kammenos, along with military chiefs, had been briefing deputies about the response to the refugee crisis.

One of the members of the committee, New Democracy’s Dora Bakoyannis, called it “one of the blackest days for the parliamentary process.”

PASOK’s Odysseas Konstantinopoulos labeled the two MPs’ behavior “Nazi-like.”

It is not clear if further action will be taken against Kasidiaris for filming the committee, whose session took place behind closed doors for national security reasons.