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No Surprise Here: Fascist Violence on the Rise in Greece

COMMENT: In a dis­turb­ing echo of the 1930’s, the severe eco­nom­ic dis­tress in Greece is feed­ing far-right vio­lence and sen­ti­ment. Peo­ple pushed over the brink by the Great Depres­sion turned in their des­per­a­tion to fas­cism. We should expect sim­i­lar phe­nom­e­na with the world again plung­ing into eco­nom­ic ruin.

As dis­cussed in FTR #746, the Greek cri­sis has ben­e­fit­ed Ger­many enor­mous­ly. The Ger­man core cor­po­ra­tions are con­trolled by the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work, the eco­nom­ic com­po­nent of a Third Reich gone under­ground.

Was eco­nom­ic col­lapse and social dis­lo­ca­tion a delib­er­ate goal, in order to pre­cip­i­tate the sort of vio­lence we have seen in Nor­way and now Greece?

The Under­ground Reich has mas­ter­ful­ly manip­u­lat­ed the world’s polit­i­cal land­scape, with its Islam­o­fas­cist ally the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood gar­ner­ing pub­lic­i­ty as vic­tims, even as their pres­ence pro­motes and pro­vokes overt fas­cist vio­lence. A text­book exam­ple of this was the “9/11 Mosque” con­tro­ver­sy, in which the appar­ent Mus­lim Broth­er­hood oper­a­tive Faisal Abdul Rauf was able to reap won­der­ful pub­lic­i­ty, as the oppo­nents of the mosque made the mis­take of asso­ci­at­ing them­selves with fas­cist ele­ments like the Eng­lish Defense League and the Swe­den Democ­rats.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it seems that most of the oppo­nents of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood are too God­damned stu­pid and/or venal to fig­ure this out!

“Fears of Far-Right Rise in Cri­sis-Hit Greece” [AP]; ctv.ca; 8/2/2011.

EXCERPT: They descend­ed by the hun­dreds — black-shirt­ed, bat-wield­ing youths chas­ing down dark-skinned immi­grants through the streets of Athens and beat­ing them sense­less in an unprece­dent­ed show of force by Greece’s far-right extrem­ists.

In Greece, alarm is ris­ing that the twin crises of finan­cial melt­down and soar­ing ille­gal immi­gra­tion are cre­at­ing the con­di­tions for a right-wing rise — and the Nor­way mas­sacre on Mon­day drove author­i­ties to beef up secu­ri­ty.

The move comes amid spi­ral­ing social unrest that has unleashed waves of riot­ing and vig­i­lante thug­gery on the streets of Athens. The U.N.‘s refugee agency warns that some Athens neigh­bor­hoods have become zones where “fas­cist groups have estab­lished an odd law­less regime.”

Greek police on Mon­day said they have increased secu­ri­ty checks at Mus­lim prayer hous­es and oth­er immi­grant sites in response to the Nor­way shoot­ing ram­page that claimed 77 lives.

“There has been an increase in mon­i­tor­ing at these sites since the events occurred in Nor­way,” said police spokesman Thanas­sis Kokkalakis.

Greece’s fears are shared across Europe. Last week, EU coun­tert­er­ror offi­cials held an emer­gency meet­ing in Brus­sels on ways to com­bat right-wing vio­lence and ris­ing Islam­o­pho­bia, warn­ing of a “major risk” of Nor­way copy­cats.

The mas­sacre by Anders Behring Breivik prompt­ed con­ti­nent-wide soul-search­ing about whether author­i­ties have neglect­ed the threat of right-wing extrem­ists as they focus on jihadist ter­ror.

Greece, how­ev­er, may be par­tic­u­lar­ly wor­ri­some because of the inter­sec­tion of extreme eco­nom­ic dis­tress and ram­pant ille­gal immi­gra­tion, which can cre­ate fer­tile ground for the rise of right­ist move­ments. Immi­grant scape­goat­ing has been rife here as unem­ploy­ment bal­loons amid eco­nom­ic cat­a­stro­phe. . . .


2 comments for “No Surprise Here: Fascist Violence on the Rise in Greece”

  1. In echoes of Weimar, Wis­con­sin Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty head­quar­ters (for recall elec­tions of rad­i­cal Repub­li­cans) is destroyed by fire. Sus­pi­cious tim­ing, as recall elec­tions are just weeks away:


    Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee study: If you want a right-wing pop­u­lace, sim­ply impov­er­ish it:


    Posted by R. Wilson | August 5, 2011, 6:56 pm
  2. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204226204576599331889606992.html

    SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
    Anti-Roma Protests Esca­late in Bul­gar­ia

    SOFIA, Bulgaria—More than 160 peo­ple were arrest­ed in Bul­gar­ia dur­ing a sec­ond suc­ces­sive night of protests against the Balkan coun­try’s large Roma minor­i­ty, and police pre­pared for more trou­ble on Wednes­day evening.

    The unrest, pro­voked by the death of a young man that some have linked to a Roma clan leader, has drawn atten­tion to the ten­sions in the Euro­pean Union’s poor­est coun­try as it strug­gles to emerge from deep reces­sion.

    Hun­dreds of youths, frus­trat­ed by a lack of jobs and what many describe as a cli­mate of impuni­ty for orga­nized crim­i­nals, have tak­en to the streets in 14 towns.

    “Gyp­sy ter­ror: How long will it take, how long we will be qui­et!” read a ban­ner at one of the demon­stra­tions in the cap­i­tal Sofia and oth­er cities. Police said about 2,200 peo­ple took part in the Sofia protest.

    “We have more obligations—we pay our tax­es, we behave normally—while they [Roma] have more rights,” Maria Boriso­va, who attend­ed the protests in Sofia, told bTV chan­nel.

    The unrest is Bul­gar­i­a’s worst since 1997, when an eco­nom­ic cri­sis and hyper­in­fla­tion brought Bul­gar­i­ans onto the streets, though there has been some vio­lence against the Mus­lim minor­i­ty this year. Bul­gar­ia, which holds a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion next month, has failed to reap some of the rewards of EU mem­ber­ship, hav­ing been barred from the pass­port-free Schen­gen zone because of high lev­els of cor­rup­tion.

    “There is a risk of esca­la­tion (of tension)—we are in a pre-elec­tion peri­od,” Deputy Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Veselin Vuchkov was quot­ed as say­ing by state news agency BTA, adding that police had stepped up secu­ri­ty.

    About 400 peo­ple have been arrest­ed since the week­end, when res­i­dents of Katu­nit­sa, 100 miles east of Sofia, blamed Roma leader Kir­il Rashkov for the death of a 19-year-old man and set alight sev­er­al of his hous­es and cars.

    Police said on Wednes­day that Mr. Rashkov, 69 years old, known as Tsar Kiro, had been arrest­ed and charged with mak­ing a mur­der threat. A van believed to be linked to Mr. Rashkov ran over the 19-year-old.

    Many of them have been released and some were fined for pub­lic order offences.

    The chief pros­e­cu­tor has called for the rapid arrest of peo­ple who incite racial and eth­nic ten­sion. Roma make up 5% of the 7.4 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion, and Mus­lims, many of them eth­nic Turks and some also Roma, account for 10%.

    Police are pre­pared for more unrest, a spokes­woman said but declined to give details

    Posted by R. Wilson | October 9, 2011, 10:21 am

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