ATHENS – As leaders of the extremist Golden Dawn party face trial on charges of running a criminal gang. evidence reportedly shows it demanded blind loyalty to its chief, Nikos Michaloliakos, who is in detention.
That was part of what was seen as a Nazi-inspired mystical personality cult centered around Michaloliakos, given to Hitler-like rants.
Kathimerini said that was part of the case being built by in a 700-page report submitted to a council of judges by prosecutor Isidoros Doyiakos as the government seeks to dismantle the ultra far-party, whose 18 lawmakers have all been charged, nine of whom are in jail until the trial begins.
“Loyalty to the leader,” says the prosecutor based on confiscated footage and testimonies taken from five protected witnesses, “was sealed with a mystical oath-taking ceremony in a state of quasi-religious devotion.” These ceremonies were allegedly organized by senior members in the hierarchy, and took place during the spring and winter solstices.
“Docile and obedient followers of their leaders’ dictates, they were keen to execute any kind of order regardless of the cost,” the report says. “They were prepared and willing to even take human lives.” A final indictment will be issued by the three-member judicial council.
Earlier it had been said that the killing of anti-fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas after a cafe row with Golden Dawn members in September, 2013 was not spontaneous but planned. It set off angry protests against the extremists and led Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who had gone easy on them, to finally crack down.