Golden Dawn Party Spokesman Blames Victims of Televised Scuffle (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 06/11/12)
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The spokesman for the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, who struck
and threw a glass of water on female Members of Parliament during a
brawl on live television, has threatened to sue his victims, claiming
they provoked his attack.
Ilias Kasidiaris has been in hiding since Thursday, when producers of
the morning show reportedly locked him in a room at the studio, until
police were scheduled to arrive to investigate the incident. Prior to
their arrival, however, Kasidiaris broke down the door and escaped,
resulting in a warrant for his arrest.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, he said he regretted
his involvement in an incident that could damage the party´s image
ahead of the June 17 elections, but blamed the victims for his
"The events that took place on Thursday morning on Antenna TV´were
staged with the sole aim of provoking an extreme reaction on my
part," he wrote.
"I am sorry that without intending to, I got mixed up in a case that
has confused public opinion and was aimed at hitting Golden Dawn,” he
continued. “I will go the prosecutor in person to sue those behind
the illegal actions that have taken place in the last two days."
He provided no further details and no comment was available from
Golden Dawn officials, The Guardian noted.
Golden Dawn, a far-right, anti-immigrant, party whose symbol closely
resembles a Nazi swastika, received approximately 7 percent of the
vote in the May 6 elections.
The parties, however, failed to produce a coalition government,
necessitating new elections on June 17. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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