Greek police arrest Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos

Posted on 2013/09/28

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Greek Left Review

Leader and senior members of far-right party held on charges of founding a criminal organisation

Nikolaos Michaloliakos
Nikos Michaloliakos was among those arrested on charges of forming a criminal organisation, police said. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

Greek police have arrested the leader and other senior members of the far-right Golden Dawn party on charges of founding a criminal organisation.

Police announced the arrests of 16 Golden Dawn members, including party head Nikolaos Michaloliakos, spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris and two other politicians.

The arrests included a local Golden Dawn leader in an Athens suburb. The rest were ordinary members. It is the first time since 1974 that a party head and sitting MPs have been arrested.

Police officials said an operation by the counter-terrorism unit was still ongoing late on Saturday morning, and that about 35 arrest warrants for Golden Dawn members had been issued.

The arrested MPs…

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