Golden Dawn is a Greek neo-Nazi party that has gained an alarming amount of power as Greece reacted to harsh government austerity measures. In an effort to reach out to Greek expatriates, Golden Dawn has opened an office in New York.
Salon reports that the party calls its American outpost “Golden Dawn New York” and the party has set up a creepy website.
Golden Dawn New York’s “About Me” page explains that it “unapologetically stands for the sovereignty, security, and dignity of the Greek people.”
Golden Dawn elaborates on what that means before concluding with this chilling statement:
In a video posted Sunday on a popular Youtube channel devoted to distributing its “Official Messages,” Anonymous addressed the people of Greece as well as the rest of the European Union. Narrating images from Athens in its usual synthesized, accent-free voice-over, the amorphous hacker collective denied it was behind the massive riots that rocked the country Sunday but expressed solidarity with Greeks impacted by the austerity measures, stating that the Greek government has “avoided the people’s requests” and “refused to listen to its people.”
Greece was torn by violence Sunday in response to parliament’s passage of a new austerity bill. Over 100,000 protesters, many masked and clad in black, set fire to businesses in Athens–including movie theaters, banks and coffee shops. Looters hit well over 100 establishments. Reuters reports rioters torched 34 buildings.