ERT workers shut down broadcast of Golden Dawn press conference

ERT workers shut down broadcast of Golden Dawn press conference

The union representing workers at Greek state broadcaster ERT has called a strike on Tuesday afternoon, running from 3 to 5 p.m. to coincide with a press conference by far-right Golden Dawn at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

“Just days after the grim anniversary of the Chortiatis Massacre by the Greek SS (2/9/1944), Golden Dawn, their ideological and political descendants… are planning to give a 'press conference' on the occasion of the 83rd TIF,” the POSPERT union said in an announcement, referring to the killing of 146 civilians by Greek collaborationist and German troops in a village on the outskirts of Thessaloniki.

“Once more, POSPERT refuses to participate in the live or recorded broadcast of this parody of a press conference and to become, albeit involuntarily, a 'multiplier' of a racist-divisive speech,” the announcement said, adding references to anti-Semitic comments made by Golden Dawn chief Nikos Michaloliakos regarding the annihilation of the northern port city's Jewish population in World War II. 

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