The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the country’s EJC affiliate has strongly condemned remarks by former justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos in which he expressed his viewpoint on the “integration of Golden Dawn within the democratic political system”.
Paraskevopoulos’ statement arose strong criticism which led him to issue a clarifying announcement.
“The convergence with the neo-Nazi party in the context of the democratic political system cannot but lead to its own abolition, to the alteration of the very democracy itself that the neo-Nazis aim at destroying,” KIS said in a statement on Monday.
“Every democratic society needs to protect its democratic institutions, safeguard civilization and human rights regardless of skin colour, race or religion, against the followers of the darkest page of our history, against the nightmare of neo-Nazism in Greece,” the statement went on.
“We hope that former justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos will take into account that those who have the swastika as their emblem cannot be integrated in any democratic framework and that there can be no convergence with the seekers of a regime that led humanity to its most barbaric period in history, that caused a ruthless war with millions of victims and sent six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of other “different” people to the most industrialised and horrific death,” the statement concluded.Tuesday, December 13, 2016