Complete collapse. In another smooth move letting the rest of the world know just how well they have things together, today Ilias Kasidiaris, a Greek politician for Golden Dawn, Greece’s extremest far-right party, slapped the crap out of a political rival on television.
Kasidiaris took great offence when confronted with the topic of a court case against him was mentioned by Rena Dorou, a radical left Syriza party member.
Mr Kasidiaris (31) bounded out of his seat and hurled a glass of water across the table over Ms Dorou when she said there was a “crisis of democracy when people who will take the country back 500 years have got into the Greek parliament”.
He then turned on prominent Communist Party member Liana Kanelli, who had got out of her chair with a newspaper in hand and appeared to throw it at the Golden Dawn member.
Well, we can’t be throwing newspapers. So then this happened.
Liana Kanelli is the one who actually gets punched. This is bad news for the Golden Dawn party. It seems they already have had to deal with being labeled neo-Nazis for alleged violence against immigrants.
The Syriza party said the attack by Mr Kasidiaris “put on public display what was widely known – the true face of this criminal organisation”.
Surely a burst of outrage could be anticipated from a member of a violent party, right?
The topic on the TV show was Greece’s natural resources but it went off on a tangent about political history in Greece, which suffered a vicious civil war between communists and the right-wing after the Second World War, and a seven-year military dictatorship that ended in 1974.
They couldn’t even talk about natural resources without losing it. Greece is crumbling.
The Golden Dawn party made some statements to save face or something.
Golden Dawn responded to the incident by claiming Ms Kanelli first attacked Mr Kasidiaris, “hitting him unprovoked in the face with a packet of documents”.
“Golden Dawn continues its fight for a strong nationalist movement against everyone, and naturally against the orphans of Marx, who dominate on the (broadcast) channels and are playing a dirty propaganda game,” the party said in a statement.
“If you want us to condemn our co-fighter for a truly unfortunate moment, you should first condemn the insults and the attack by Liana Kanelli, otherwise you are nothing but sad hypocrites following orders.”
So that’s that then. The Golden Dawn party is the FOX News of Greece.