Locals Protest Golden Dawn’s New York Presence
According to The Jewish Voice, the party says it intends to “reach out to the Greek diaspora”. The Voice lauds the group for engaging in “socially positive” actions, designed to improve the welfare of poor Greek citizens. Yet it also reports that Golden Dawn has been linked to anti-immigrant violence in Greece. Golden Dawn’s web site, says The Voice, says that the party plans to act against “decades of unlimited third world immigration which has brought crime, unemployment, disease and possibly terrorism to the once peaceful Greek cities.”
According to The Queens Gazette, Golden Dawn has been distributing “hateful” literature around the Queens area. The Gazette also reports that Golden Dawn’s leader, Mikos Michaloliakos, has denied the magnitude of the Holocaust. It also reports that Human Rights Watch has accused Golden Dawn of inciting violence against immigrants.
According to Rebecca Henely of Queens’s Time Ledger, Golden Dawn has met with protests from Queens locals, including Jewish leaders, City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Greek-American state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and District Leader Costa Constantinides. According to The Queens Gazette, Senator Michael Gianaris, Democratic District Leader, also attended the event.
Henely reports that de Blasio told Golden Dawn that it was “Not welcome in this community, this city or this country.” She also writes that he told the party that it’s “hatred and bigotry” would “fall on deaf ears in Queens, the most diverse county in America, where people of every race, creed and nationality live side by side in harmony.”
According to The Yeshiva World News, Simotas told Golden Dawn that its anti-immigration sentiment was unwelcome in Astoria. “We were welcomed in Astoria with open arms by the generations of immigrants that came before us,” she said. “This is what we in Astoria stand for as a community.”
Meanwhile, according to The Queens Gazette, Gianaris denounced Golden Dawn‘s “extremism and intolerance.” He said that there was “No place more inappropriate” for Golden Dawn to set up camp than in Western Queens, which he said, “celebrates its diversity and openness to all peoples.”
Meanwhile, according to Henely, Constantinides said that Golden Dawn’s message “plays to the worst of humanity.” He said that the group was “not representative of the amazing Greek community that I know and love.”
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