Athens mayor vows to ban 'racist' charity act

Giorgos Kaminis vows to prevent far-right Golden Dawn party from staging food handouts for Greeks-only to mark Easter.

    Golden Dawn's previous Greeks-only handouts enjoyed considerabla succes [EPA]
    Golden Dawn's previous Greeks-only handouts enjoyed considerabla succes [EPA]

    The Mayor of Athens has vowed to prevent an ultra-nationalist party from staging food handouts for Greeks-only in the capital's central Syntagma Square.

    Describing Thursday's planned handout as illegal, Giorgos Kaminis accused Golden Dawn on Wednesday of engaging in "racist and xenophobic charity".

    Golden Dawn said it would ignore the mayor and distribute traditional Easter fare in the square. This Sunday marks the date for Easter for the orthodox church.

    The organisation's previous Greeks-only handouts have enjoyed considerable success.

    The once-marginal group, which is fond of Nazi literature and symbols but rejects the neo-Nazi label, is the third most popular party in recession-mired Greece.

    The party won 18 of Parliament's 300 seats last year.

    Its members have been repeatedly linked with attacks on Greece's large immigrant population.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.