Greg Palast’s Unfortunate Golden Dawn Apologia

More Investigation – Less Pontification

Opinion by Nikos Levis
UPDATED October 10th – See Addendum

Greg Palast has done great work as a reporter. So it’s sad to see the best-selling author’s very ill-informed editorial in Truthout today, in which he attacks the Greek left for “cheering” the arrests of the Golden Dawn leadership. Palast begins with a confused version of the news from Greece. The Greek government has not issued a ban on the Golden Dawn party, as he seems to suggest. It’s doubtful most of the left would support a party-wide ban by the state, since they are aware it would set a dangerous precedent.

Here are the details of what has actually happened so far, which Palast’s column mangles:
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Photos: NYC, Berlin, Cophenhagen – Against Fascism and Austerity in Greece

Protest Greek Government at United Nations

Friday, 9/27 – Videos by Stanley Heller
Part 1 (Rally & D. Lalaki) – Part 2 (N. Levis)

Part 3: Sia performs “Lysistrata Lyceum

Part 4: Peter Bratsis on the functions of violence
Ten video segments from 9/27 by SH/The Struggle

New_York_UN_9-27-13Photos from Friday 9/27 in New York by Greek Photog, Michelle Equality Kaplan, Jerry Levy, Chiu Ng Photography and Mickey Z-vegan.

From Ethnikos Kirikas/National Herald, New York, Sept. 30: "Under the aegis of Aristeri Kinisi, New York and SYRIZA, New York, a protest was organized across from the United Nations building in New York against austerity and fascism."

From Ethnikos Kirikas (National Herald), New York, 9/30:
“Under the aegis of Aristeri Kinisisi, New York and SYRIZA,
New York, a protest was organized across from the United
Nations against austerity and fascism.”

Additional video by Carlos Sabater

Friday 9/27: Also in Berlin…


And Copenhagen – At Greek Embassy

Copenhagen_9-27_FyssasMarch[ Berlin photo album ] — [ Copenhagen report ]

Breaking Sat. 9/28: Golden Dawn Leadership,
“Attack Battalion” Members Arrested in Athens

Michaloliakos_ArrestedLive Blogging:
Greece’s Golden Dawn Leader Michaloliakos, several MPs arrested
Golden Dawn head, MPs arrested in unprecedented Greek crackdown

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AKNY-Greece Solidarity and this site are all-volunteer efforts without party affiliation or outside funding. Sometimes a lack of update here is in part because we are too busy with happenings in the real world. We plan to update the site more frequently in July. In the meantime, check out the latest!

Greece Solidarity in the News
& News from Greece

Screening of the historical documentary hit, “Greek American Radicals – The Untold Story” at Brecht Forum, Manhattan, followed by Q&A with filmmakers, party, wine, pizza and live music. (FB invite)
New York Turkish-language newspaper Posta 212 interviews AKNY members on the joint Turkish-Greek solidarity action at Occupy Wall Street on June 8th.
Posta 212 Link

See photo essay here.

The international rallies at OWS on 6/22 were also covered on CNN Turkey and in the English edition of mass-circulation Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
#OccupyERT at #OWS

In solidarity with #OccupyERT at simultaneous Brazilian, Turkish and Greek rallies.
In Zuccotti Park, June 23. (From Hurriyet/AA Photo, more photos below.)


(6/27) In Athens last week, one of the junior partners in the Greek government, DIMAR (center-left, pro-austerity) quit the ruling coalition over the ERT issue. The New Democracy-led government under Prime Minister Samaras was reported to be on the brink of collapse. However, the remaining junior partner, PASOK, chose to stay in as the cabinet was reshuffled to advance loyal soldiers of the two austerity parties. The coalition retains a 3-vote majority in parliament.

The Finance Minister (ND) thereupon called for the studios of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) studios to be vacated. These have been occupied by employees since Wednesday June 12th, following the government’s surprise executive order to immediately shut down the public broadcaster. ERT studios and offices have been surrounded at times by tens of thousands of protesters under the banner of #OccupyERT.

ERT employees have continued producing news programs while members of the fired ERT orchestras have played open-air concerts for the protesters. A strike also temporarily shut down the private news broadcasters. Despite a Greek Supreme Court order for the government to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the planned reorganization, ERT is only available online. However, ratings have shot through the roof as the network has for the first time turned to frank, unvarnished coverage of the nation’s crisis. (This week, ERT also broadcast the US-Greek historical documentary, “Greek American Radicals.”)

ERT employees have refused the vacate order and called on trade unions and everyone to join the manifestations and protect the studios. Trade union leaders are considering an open-ended general strike. ERT employees called on the diaspora for “Worldwide Solidarity with ERT” rallies.

The arrival of riot police to execute the vacate order is considered possible at any time. Scenes reminiscent of the recent weeks in Istanbul may follow.

Host Jerry Ashton interviews Nikos Levis on Greek crisis, #OccupyERT
and international solidarity activity for WGRNRadio’s “15 Minutes of Fact.”

(Solidarity Brazil, Turkey, and Greece)
Video by George Lyter taken at Zuccotti Park, June 23.

MORE PHOTOS FROM JUNE 23 AT ZUCCOTTI PARK:June23 #OccupyERT at Zuccotti ParkJune23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_1June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_2June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_3June23_Brazil-Turkey-Greece_at_OWS_4From Hurriyet photo gallery. Credit: AA Photo.

Note: The above is a compilation from many sources. No endorsements are implied.

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Video & Photos – #ResistIstanbulAthensNYC

From New York, we hoped to do our modest part in solidarity with the ongoing Turkish struggle. Fifty people gathered at 1:30 last Saturday (6/8) outside Pace University, following one of the Greece Solidarity panel talks at the Left Forum…

Greeks Gather at Pace University July 8, 2013

Photo: Resa Sunshine

Chanting, “Istanbul, Athens, NYC – Resist in every ciiiii-ty,” we marched for a few blocks to Zuccotti Park, where 1500 Turkish Americans and Occupiers were rallying all day long.

Solidarity With Turkish Struggle Zuccotti Park


They greeted our arrival with thunderous applause!

Greek Contingent Arrives at Zuccotti Park Turkish Rally

Photo: Mickey Z-vegan

Side by side, the national symbols take on a different meaning.

Greeks and Turks Together at Zuccotti Park


Unprecedented in recent decades: Greeks and Turks standing together in NYC!

Turks and Greeks Stand Together Zuccotti, June 8


Hundreds of people seated themselves for an assembly.

Turkish-Greek Solidarity Zuccotti: Assembly


Asli Bulbul read the Taksim Square declaration of demands.

Video: Stacey Mazurek (youtube)

Despina Lalaki delivered a statement for AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement.

Video: nothingofficial (youtube)

No one knows what happens next in Turkey. If on Facebook, follow every hour from Istanbul with frontline photographer Jenna Pope:

Gezi Park, Istanbul, June 5. Photo: Jenna Pope.

Gezi Park, Istanbul, June 5. Photo: Jenna Pope.

We hope, despite the dark threats from the Turkish government, that by next Saturday the struggle to save Gezi Park (at least) might be victorious. We pray for no more bloodshed!

We know this is only the beginning of a longer collaboration with our Turkish friends of OccupyGeziParkNYC.

Asli Bulbul. Photo: King Newyorkhacks

Asli Bulbul. Photo: King Newyorkhacks

Report: Nikos Levis
AKNY on Youtube

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AKNY Invites: Friday to Sunday, June 7-9, Pace University, NYC

Greece Solidarity at the Left Forum 2013

During the big conference next weekend in New York, AKNY is holding three panels and taking part in the Turkish-Greek solidarity protest. Get your tickets at the Left Forum site, discounts available for all in need.


“Responding to Neo-Fascism: Greece, Golden Dawn and Diaspora”
Session 2, Saturday June 8, NOON-1:30pm, Room: E305

Nikos Levis (author, Astorian, Occupy activist, member “Stop Golden Dawn” NY)
Alan Akrivos (union activist, Justice newspaper, Queens Socialist Alternative)
Emmanuelle Mimieux (anarchist and anti-fascist)
Neni Panourgia (anthropologist, New School for Social Research)
[Facebook Invite] [Official Link]

IMMEDIATELY AFTER: In Solidarity With The Turkish People–
Occupy Gezi NYC & AKNY-Greece at OWS Zuccotti


“Environmental & Social Struggles in Greece: Skourgies – Halkidiki”
Session 5, Sunday June 9, 10:00am-11:50pm, Room: W606

Alan Akrivos (union activist, Justice newspaper, Queens Socialist Alternative)
Costas Panayotakis (NYC College of Technology)
Panayota Gounari (University of Massachusetts – Boston)
[Official Link]

“Crisis and the Left in Europe: Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain”
Session 6, Sunday June 9, NOON-1:50pm, Room: W626

Peter Bratsis (City University of New York)
Marcus Grätsch (Interventionist Left, Germany, FelS Berlin, Left Forum NY)
Despina Lalaki (New York University)
Bruno Gullì (City University of New York)
Carlos Frade (University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
[Official Link]

Cosponsored by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy (

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Εθνικός Κήρυκας: Archive of Pro-Junta Ad Scandal

The National Herald: No Choice
But To Promote Dictatorship?

By Nikos Evangelos

The sole daily Greek-language newspaper of New York, Ethnikos Kirikas (The National Herald), ran the following advertisement in its print edition on Sunday, April 21, 2013. On the 46th anniversary of the 1967 military coup d’etat in Greece, the ad extols the virtues of the CIA-backed dictatorship that held power from 1967 to 1974, and suggests that a return to such a regime would be a good thing:

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14 Νοεμβρίου 2012 – Συγκέντρωση Αλληλεγγύης


Επιτυχημένη Συγκέντρωση Αλληλεγγύης στους Λαούς
της Ελλάδας και της Ευρώπης ενάντια στην Λιτότητα
και την Κοινωνική Εξαθλίωση

Αριστερή Κίνηση Νέας Υόρκης

Την Τετάρτη έξω απο τον Οργανισμό Ηνωμένων Εθνών περισσότεροι απο εκατό διαδηλωτές εξέφρασαν την αλληλεγγύη τους με την ιστορική γενική απεργία η οποία είχε κηρυχθεί για την ίδια μέρα, 14 Νοεμβρίου, σχεδόν σε ολόκληρη την Νότια Ευρώπη. Nov14rally_04Ενατοντάδες χιλιάδες εργαζομένων, συνταξιούχων και νέων ανθρώπων βγήκαν στους δρόμους σε δεκάδες μεγάλες Ευρωπαϊκές πόλεις για να διαδηλώσουν ενάντια στην λιτότητα. Στην Νέα Υόρκη η συγκέντρωση ξεκίνησε στις 2μμ με συνέντευξη τύπου σε Ευρωπαϊκά και Αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ.

Πέρα των προγραμματισμένων ομιλητών ο Gregor Gysi, ένα απο τα ηγετικά στελέχη της Die Linke (The Left) στο Γερμανικό κοινοβούλιο, βρέθηκε στην Νέα Υόρκη και έδωσε ένα σύντομο λόγο. Αντιπροσωπεία με αρχηγό τον εκπρόσωπο τύπου της συγκέντρωσης, Νίκο Λεβή και τους Κώστα Παναγιωτάκη και Φραγκώ Ακριβού παρέδωσαν το δελτίο τύπου στην Ελληνική Αποστολή στον ΟΗΕ ζητώντας σεβασμό προς τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και τους δημοκρατικούς θεσμούς και το τέλος της ανοχής εκ μέρους της κυβέρνησης της νεο-Ναζιστικής οργάνωσης “Χρυσή Αυγή.”

Την συνέντευξη τύπου ακολούθησε διαμαρτυρία με συνθήματα όπως “The workers united will never be defeated,” “Money for Jobs and Education!” και “Hey Hey Ho Ho – Austerity has got to go!” και με ομιλητές οι οποίοι ο ένας μετά τον άλλο εξέφρασαν την αλληλεγγύη τους προς τους εργαζόμενους, τους συνταξιούχους και τους νέους οι οποίοι υπόκεινται τις άμεσες συνέπειες των βάναυσων μέτρων λιτότητας που επιβάλει η Τρόικα και οι κυβερνήσεις της Ιρλανδίας, της Ισπανίας, της Ιταλίας, της Πορτογαλίας, της Κύπρου και της Ελλάδας. Στην συγκέντρωση πήραν μέρος μέλη του κινήματος Occupy Wall Street OWS, μέλη του Queens College Socialist Club όπως και του Greek Club, μέλη σωματείων όπως αυτά των εργαζομένων στα Πλυντήρια ή στην εταιρεία Hot and Crusty, καθώς και αντιπρόσωποι διαφόρων εκστρατειών και οργανώσεων για την προστασία των δικαιωμάτων των μεταναστών και των εργαζομένων.

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Rally in Solidarity with Greece and European Workers’ General Strike


Report on the November 14, 2012
Solidarity Rally Against Austerity

By Aristeri Kinisi NY (Greek-American Left Movement)
[Archive. Originally published by Campaign for Peace and Democracy.]

Nov 14 RallyMore than 100 demonstrators showed their solidarity with the historic general strike across Southern Europe on Wednesday night in Manhattan near the United Nations. In Europe, hundreds of thousands of workers, pensioners and young people took to the streets in dozens of major cities to protest against EU-backed austerity measures. The event in New York started at 2 pm in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza with a press conference attended by mainstream and alternative, European, and Greek-American media. The protest was specifically aimed at the nearby Greek Mission to the United Nations.

A surprise appearance was made by Gregor Gysi, speaker of the left-wing party Die Linke in the German parliament, who was leading a delegation for the opening of the New York branch of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Gysi delivered an impassioned defense of social justice against the human devastation caused by austerity.

Gregor Gysi speaking at Nov 14th rally in New York

Gregor Gysi speaking at Nov 14th rally in New York

A delegation headed by the event’s press liaison Nikos Levis, Costas Panayotakis and Frango Akrivos delivered the group’s statement to the deputy chief of the Greek Mission, meeting with him for almost an hour inside the Mission. The statement demanded respect for democratic rights and an end to the government’s tolerance for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, and read in part:

From New York City – where the global financial crisis originated on Wall Street – we have watched with dismay as the austerity measures demanded by the European Union have created a social disaster in Greece and in many other nations hit by the global crisis. The recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the political authorities in the European Union makes a mockery of the conditions the EU has imposed on those hardest-hit by the crisis.

We have heard terrible stories of hardship and even hunger from friends and families in Greece, where unemployment for young workers now stands at 50 percent, and where often meager pensions are being cut to the level of starvation and social degradation.

An increasingly organized resistance to such EU-driven measures is being waged in all of the hardest-hit countries by workers, students and pensioners. On November 14, we shall show our solidarity with their struggles.

People from across the globe, as well as the Greek diaspora, have also watched with concern the neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” profit from the huge social crisis by posing as an “anti-austerity” party – even as they scapegoat the most helpless, the immigrants and refugees in Greece-many of them victims of the US wars and economic crises in Asia. We have seen the Greek government fail to prosecute public and even fatal acts of violence by “Golden Dawn” members against immigrants and Greeks alike and attack basic democratic freedoms.

We have seen the Greek government itself employ brutal state violence and even torture against protesters and activists and the massive use of tear gas, and violence to attack peaceful demonstrations.

We call upon the Greek government to end immediately and to investigate and prosecute all acts of torture committed by Greek authorities; to end police protection of “Golden Dawn” and to prosecute all known acts of violence by “Golden Dawn” members; and to stop implementing the austerity package that is literally starving our people;

We call upon the European Union to suspend the forced austerity regime that has brought such hardship; to allow a full audit of the Greek (and Portuguese and Spanish) debt, and to cancel all debt payments. We call for a Europe that serves the interests of working people not the banks and the stock exchanges;
We call for an international committee of investigation of torture of protesters by the Greek police as well as its tolerance and protection of “Golden Dawn”;

We call upon the people of Europe to work toward a comprehensive immigration policy for Europe and to stop making Greece responsible for the hundreds of thousands of refugees coming from countries plunged into misery by war and by the same kind of neoliberal austerity policies that are ruining Greece today. The Dublin Regulation needs to be changed; the Regulation decrees that the European country that a person first arrived in is responsible for dealing with their application for asylum. This puts excessive pressure on border areas, where states are often least able to offer asylum seekers support and protection.

Europe as a whole, including its wealthier countries, needs to provide refuge for people fleeing oppression and economic catastrophe. Moreover, Europe as a whole, along with the U.S. needs to end its failed neoliberal policies at home and abroad.

Finally, we call upon the Greek, American and international media to investigate and report on the true origins of the debt and of the crisis in Greece and internationally; and to widely expose allegations of state-sponsored torture of prisoners and Greek government protection of “Golden Dawn.”


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“Stop Golden Dawn” Coverage in New York Times & Co.

ARCHIVE. The original of the following article appeared in the New York Times, 10/19/2012. This was one of several reports in the high-circulation media about the “Stop Golden Dawn” actions organized by AKNY, Occupy Astoria LIC, Strike Debt, antifa groups and others in October 2013. See also Daily News, October 22, 2012.


October 19, 2012

Reported Golden Dawn Sightings Rattle Queens

Copyright (c) 2012 New York Times

UNWELCOME Golden Dawn members were reportedly seen at the Stathakion center in Queens. (Photo by Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times)


IT was news to arouse the indignation of many residents of Queens: Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi group based in Athens, had established an office in Astoria — or so it seemed.

The evidence was elusive: late last month, a professional Web site suddenly appeared, showing the party’s swastikalike logo set against a dark Manhattan skyline and calling on the city’s Greek diaspora to donate food and clothing to a charity drive to benefit struggling poor people in Greece. There were pictures on the site: one was of a group of men with their backs turned to the camera, wearing black T-shirts reading, in Greek, “Golden Dawn New York.”

Although the site went down within days of its emergence — targeted, it was reported, by Anonymous, the hackers’ group — it provoked sufficient outrage that local politicians, doing what they do, rallied at a news conference to condemn the right-wing party, and a grass-roots protest movement sprang up in an effort to oppose it.

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Successful Meeting Against ‘Golden Dawn’

"Stop Golden Dawn" Meeting October 9


By Aristeri Kinisi NY

A crowd of over 220 people met at the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, NY to express their opposition to the recent appearance of the neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ in New York City. The event, which took place in October 9, 2012, was organized by Occupy Astoria/LIC, NY Aristeri Kinisi (Left Movement), Strike Debt, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, and the socialist newspaper Justice, among others. The meeting opened with presentations by the moderators of the event, Nicholas Levis (see statement) and Marina Sitrin, who explained people’s outrage and the need to organize against fascism.

A panel of speakers, Costas Panayotakis, Neni Panourgia, Despina Lalaki and Alan Akrivos, covered a number of issues including the relationship between the Greek economic crisis and the rise of ‘Golden Dawn’, the close ties between ‘Golden Dawn’ and the Greek police, the affinity of ‘Golden Dawn’ to the Neo-Nazi ideology, the rise of fascism as a byproduct of the crisis of capitalism, the real problem of immigration and social degradation in Greece as a result of the economic crisis, the rising tide of working class resistance in Greece and internationally and the need for a working class alternative to neoliberalism and capitalism. The speakers emphasized the need to organize here in New York in order to prevent ‘Golden Dawn’ from gaining influence in the Greek American community by posing as a philanthropic organization working in support of those most vulnerable to the crisis in Greece… (continued)


Photo album by Justin Kennedy

Video: Louis Proyect

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