A discussion with Eleftheria Angeli, a left-wing activist, economist and researcher from Greece, on the roots and deeds of the Greek extreme right and on what happens next after the ban of the Golden Dawn party
On 7 October, the day of the court ruling to decide the fate of the fascist organization Golden Dawn and its leaders, a mass demonstration of 50,000 protesters gathered outside the Athens Court of Appeals. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, the demonstration would undoubtedly have been larger. The protesters demanded the exemplary punishment of Golden Dawn as a criminal gang, and the condemnation of its leaders.
The verdict comes after a trial lasting more than five and a half years – which, by itself, constitutes a major achievement. Throughout the course of the procedure, the lawyers and the families of the victims – supported by a wide anti-fascist movement – had to overcome countless obstacles, endure provocations by the defendants, and present endless pieces of evidence and testimony in court in order to substantiate the accusations.
The decision was not a foregone conclusion, despite the plethora of evidence. A few months earlier, the prosecutor’s recommendation was for acquittal for the leadership of Golden Dawn. Many activists argue that it was only the pressure of the anti-fascist movement and fear that such a decision could spark a mass movement that forced the judges to condemn the fascists. Thousands of young people and workers rightly saw this as their victory.
Boyan Stanislavski talks to Eleftheria Angeli who is a left activist, economist and researcher at the Nicos Poulantzas Institute in Athens, Greece.
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Bulgarian and Polish activist, journalist, editor, publisher and translator. In the late `90 active in the Polish left and later in the labor movement, particularly the biggest Polish labor confederation — The All-Poland Trade Union Alliance. Until 2012 editor-in-chief of its weekly magazine. Contributor at Baricada.org and Strajk.eu, Polish correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio.
Currently working as an editor and journalist for the Polish labor portal Strike and as a correspondent to the Bulgarian National Radio in Poland.