June 4, 2004
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Florin / Lerin
The European Free Alliance (EFA) - Rainbow denounces the participation
of a delegate of the extreme-right neo-nazi Patriotiko Metopo (Patriotic
Front) in yesterday's meeting of the Interpartisan Committee on the
European elections. Those who only a few days ago in Thessaloniki/Solun
attempted to violently disrupt the congress of a legitimate political
party, members of the neo-fascist group "Chryssi Avghi" (Golden
Dawn), and supporters of Patriotiko Metopo leader, Makis Vorides, who
calmly declare that their intention was to immolate people (Stochos
newspaper 2.6.2004), yesterday sat alongside the other the Greek political
parties as though nothing had happened.
We are distressed by the attitude of the Minister of Internal Affairs,
Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, when our delegate to the Committee requested
that the neo-nazi delegate be barred from participating in the meeting.
To avoid taking a stand on the matter, Mr. Pavlopoulos, like a second
Pontius Pilate, "washed his hands," content to refer only
to the Supreme Court pronouncement of the nominees.
We also regret and are especially disappointed by the stance of all
the parties that participated in the Interpartisan Committee (with the
exception of OAKKE, the Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist
Party). None of the other delegates had the courage and political fortitude
to condemn - even belatedly - the rioting in Thessaloniki/Solun much
less to request the withdrawal of its ringleaders from the meeting.
This incident demonstrates yet again the large democratic deficit that
exists in Greek politics and society.
Consequently, EFA-Rainbow had no other choice but to withdraw from
the meeting, citing, in addition to the moral aspect, the legal question
of the meeting's validity under such a configuration. At the same time
EFA-Rainbow is obliged to denounce this unprecedented state of affairs
to all competent national, European, and international bodies. It furthermore
intends to take legal action, seeking the punishment at the criminal
level for those persons who believe that they can violate every concept
of the law and democratic culture, and terrorize, destroy, and even
threaten the life of anyone opposed to their "patriotic" but
essentially wholly nazi views. This they do with the tolerance and tacit
support of the country's otherwise democratic political parties.
The Political Secretariat