In an article entitled Greece’s Golden Dawn: Firebrand right-wingers accused of being criminals published on Oct 8, CNN examines the factors that fed the rise of Golden Dawn in Greece.
CNN sees behind Golden Dawn’s success “the fury of an exhausted constituency,” adding that “Golden Dawn’s emergence as a political force was in part a reaction against the political duopoly that had ruled Greece for decades.” Golden Dawn “had tapped into the fear of a country overwhelmed by financial crisis and unable to cope with the flood of immigrants across its borders,” Irene Chapple and Elinda Labropoulou wrote for CNN.
“In the space of three years, Golden Dawn went from a fringe party, polling at just 0.3%, to one which won 18 of the Greek parliament’s 300 seats. Its support then soared into double digits, allowing it to claim the title of Greece’s third biggest political player,” CNN underlines.
Referring to the arrest of Golden Dawn leadership after the murder of the anti-fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas on September 17th, CNN quotes the words of Nick Malkoutzis, a contributor to independent political and economic website MacroPolis, who wrote: “It took the murder of a young, charismatic musician for the police to take action against Golden Dawn’s extremism.”