October 29, 2014
Leaders of Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi party of Greece, visited New York during the weekend of October 26 to meet with supporters. The Golden Dawn New York conference featured Georgios Epitideios, a former general and Golden Dawn member of the European Parliament, and Michalis Giannagkonas, head of the party’s West Attica Division. The gathering was held in Astoria, a historically Greek-American neighborhood of New York, where the New York offshoot of Golden Dawn was established in September 2012.
Golden Dawn New York posted several pictures of the event on their website, which depict Epitideios and Giannagkonas speaking at a meeting and then visiting various sites in Astoria, where they reportedly spoke to Greek-Americans about the political situation in Greece. Greek-American leaders and Greek-American civic organizations have strongly condemned Golden Dawn. The attendance at their New York events suggests little support in the Greek-American community for the extremist party, which is known for attacking immigrants in Greece and for its anti-Semitism.
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