Golden Dawn has been in the news before, most notably when one of its representatives repeatedly slapped a female opposition party representative on live TV after throwing water in the face of another female opponent a moment earlier. Now, they are in the news again, this time for attacks by their supporters on military bases where immigrants, who have been arrested and detained by the government under the Xenios Zeus program, are being held, according to the Greek Reporter.
The news highlights one worrying trend in Greece — In the past year, Greece’s Golden Dawn party’s rise in popularity, along with a rise in violence against immigrants, have followed each other step by step. The stories about violence against immigrants are alarming, sometimes gruesome, and growing in number.
With a five year long recession only being exacerbated by austerity measures, resentment against the rest of Europe (especially Germany) has been accompanied by resentment against immigrants, who are portrayed as taking the resources, jobs, and opportunity meant for Greeks. The Golden Dawn party has capitalized on this phenomena, surpassing the 3% threshold in Greece’s Parliamentary elections needed for representation.