New Democracy, SYRIZA trade barbs over how to tackle Golden Dawn

New Democracy, SYRIZA trade barbs over how to tackle Golden Dawn

 

In another indication that Greece’s mainstream parties are at a loss regarding how to deal with the rise of Golden Dawn, New Democracy and SYRIZA traded insults on Saturday in the wake of a far-right MP being ousted from Parliament, with government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accusing the leftists of sharing “many similarities” with the neofascist group.

Kedikoglou was responding to a speech by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to his party’s central committee. Referring to the incident in Parliament on Friday, when Golden Dawn’s Panayiotis Iliopoulos was forced to leave after insulting the leftist leader and refusing to acknowledge deputy parliamentary speaker Yiannis Dragasakis, also a SYRIZA MP, Tsipras suggested that the neofascists’ behavior was a result of the government pandering to the far right.