For the past two years, Golden Dawn has unleashed a wave of terror and violence in the streets of every major city and region in Greece. In May 2011, they unleashed a wave of mob violence against immigrants in the centre of Athens and since national elections in May and July, their violence has only intensified; many migrants have been killed and injured by Golden Dawn activists and sympathisers.
Apart from their extreme racism and violence, the party is viciously homophobic and authoritarian, frequently attacking political activists and artists. Recent reports have confirmed Golden Dawn members have been collecting and hiding weapons as well as engaging in military training, raising the terrifying prospect of a Golden Dawn militia marching through Athens and Thessaloniki.
As their influence grows and their violence intensifies in Greece, Golden Dawn is now seeking to spread to the Greek diaspora by attempting to open an office in New York and in Nuremberg.
Now reports have emerged that Golden Dawn are close to opening an office in Melbourne and that members of their Greek leadership plan to travel to Australia in order to “cut the ribbon” at their new office
This violent, racist, authoritarian movement has no place anywhere, but while Greece is unable or unwilling to prevent them from growing, the Australian government is in a position to prevent their members from spreading their fascist poison here.
We call on the Immigration Minister, Brendan O'Connor, to refuse visas to the following members of of Golden Dawn that seek to come to Australia, for any purpose, on character grounds:
Beyond refusing entry to any of their members, we call for a movement of Greek-Australians and the wider community to fight the presence of Golden Dawn in our society ,as part of a broader anti-fascist movement, to prevent them from spreading their influence within the Greek community and threatening the multicultural society that Greek-Australians and other migrants have fought to defend.