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Screengrab taken on June 7, 2012 from Antena TV shows Golden Dawn Member of Parliament Ilias Kasidiaris (2ndL) hitting Liana Kanelli, a female MP for the Greek Communist party during a talk show on ANTENA TV station.  AFP Photo

Screengrab taken on June 7, 2012 from Antena TV shows Golden Dawn Member of Parliament Ilias Kasidiaris (2ndL) hitting Liana Kanelli, a female MP for the Greek Communist party during a talk show on ANTENA TV station. AFP Photo

Athens prosecutors on Thursday ordered the arrest of the spokesman and MP of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after he attacked two female leftist deputies during a live TV debate.
 
Ilias Kasidiaris has been ordered arrested for attempted grievous bodily harm following the incident during a morning debate ahead of elections on June 17, a judicial source said.
 
The incident, which can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/c425jfl, shows Kasidiaris throwing a glass of water at Rena Dourou from the leftist Syriza party before striking Liana Kanelli from the communist KKE party three times.
 
It shows Kasidiaris throwing the liquid in Dourou's face across the studio table after she brought up his alleged involvement in a mugging in 2007. A court case on the mugging was on Wednesday adjourned until Monday.
 
The clip then showed him assaulting Kanelli after she stood up to protest, appearing to slap her twice and throwing a punch as she held up her arms in defence and as the presenter of the programme attempted to intervene.
 
A journalist from the TV channel said that employees attempted to keep Kasidiaris on the premises after the incident but that he had left.
 
Kasidiaris, who is both spokesman and an MP for Golden Dawn, later phoned the television channel, accusing Kanelli of assaulting him first and saying that the channel had doctored the images.
 
Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) sent shockwaves through Europe by winning seats in parliament in May 6 elections, the first time that the far-right has been represented since the end of Greece's military junta in 1974.
 
Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos has said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz and has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
 
Whipping up xenophobia as Greece suffers its fifth straight year of recession and austerity cuts to pensions and salaries, he has also proposed mining the Greek-Turkish border to keep out illegal immigrants.
 
Reacting to Thursday's incident, the Greek government said it "condemns the attack in the strongest terms." "The least that every democratic citizen can expect is the categoric condemnation of this action by Golden Dawn," government spokesman Dimitris Tsiodras added in a statement.
 
New Democracy, the main conservative party, said the incident was a "shame to society and the political system" while Syriza said Kasidiaris had "revealed the true face of this criminal organisation," referring to Golden Dawn.
 
The left-wing Pasok party appealed to the 6.9 percent of voters who supported Golden Dawn in the last election to "seriously reconsider" their choice ahead of the June 17 poll.
 The trade union of journalists said it was "time for the police to deal" with Golden Dawn.

June/07/2012

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kerem atan

6/9/2012 12:09:33 PM

the neo-nazi ruffian shows his true colours by slapping an old woman on tv. honestly i would expect most of the greek readers to condemn the woman beating deputy rather than trying to justify his behaviours saying 'the woman provoked him' like Dutchturk said luckily we didnt see any man deputy beat a woman up in the parliament or on a tv programme tho a woman bdp deputy had the nerve to slap a police officer.

kerem atan

6/8/2012 5:36:23 PM

the neo-nazi ruffian shows his true colours by slapping an old woman on tv. honestly i would expect most of the greek readers to condemn the woman beating deputy rather than trying to justify his behaviours saying 'the woman provoked him' like Dutchturk said luckily we didnt see any man deputy beat a woman up in the parliament or on a tv programme tho a woman bdp deputy had the nerve to slap a police officer.

Murat

6/8/2012 4:51:16 PM

Look joking aside, I know Greek men have more class than this but forgive us for poking a bit. I am not sure why this is on the front page here anyways.

mara mcglothin

6/8/2012 3:17:29 PM

GENERAL SHERMAN I am from the "bible belt" of America and let me tell you the women hear do NOT put up with that kind of treatment. The women of Turkey could learn a lot from my friends as to how to protect yourself on a city bus to be sure. If I took a few of my southern friends with me to Istanbul, we could work those problems out in a week! FLAMOS It is pefectly okay to call names, but personal attack is a punishable offense...insult is NOT OR should not be. Get a grip!

DORUS LIVIS

6/8/2012 1:36:48 PM

to prefer Greek products wherever possible. All the southern EU countries were held all these years "artificailly" in good economic condition through loaning. Germany and other producing hypocritic countries like yours knew and approved because that way they could expand easily to that markets and sell their products. Now that the bubble bursts, all hypocrits pretend to be innocent.

MR Somalia

6/8/2012 3:54:27 AM

I didn't know Greeks were a big fan of Jerry Springer, does this mean Kasidiaris will now become Jerrypoulos?

Chalkedon GR

6/8/2012 12:04:28 AM

What the Turkish readers here dont know is that these two women provoked him constantly with pesonal insults. We have a communist woman who lives in a villa that has a mouth of a truck driver. These women want to be treated as equals in every way. Well if you want to act like a man be prepared to take it like a man.I personally applaud Kaissidaris for the slap against these politicians that has been missing from the Greek public for the past 40 years of our democracy. A slap well deserved.

Thracian Anatolian

6/7/2012 11:41:28 PM

Golden Dawn should appear more on TV so that people can get the chance to see their real face. Though I am not particularly sure if the Greeks who voted for this party to begin with are particularly irked by this kind of violence. I don't understand why some users compare every piece of negative news that appears here with Turkey. That's simply irrelevant. The fact remains that Greeks have voted for goofy neo-nazis, and, unfortunately, this is a result that the Greek public rightly deserves.

ilker avni

6/7/2012 9:35:37 PM

To much ouzo me thinks,@american american Turkish parliament dont hit women,they only hit men.They should lock up this crazy Nazi and throw away the key,Nazis have no place in any country.

mara mcglothin

6/7/2012 8:45:06 PM

DUTCHTURK No Turkish Parlimentairians leave the beating of women to the police! I hear it is there specialty.
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