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September 28, 2013

Greek Police Crack Down on Neo-Nazi Party

by VOA News

Greek police have arrested five parliament members of a far-right party following allegations that a party activist has killed a leftist musician.

Founding leader of the Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos, spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris and three other far-right lawmakers were arrested Saturday on charges of belonging to a criminal organization. More than 10 other party members also were arrested.

They will remain in custody until their appearance before a magistrate.

Golden Dawn members were arrested after allegations that a Golden Dawn activist stabbed to death musician Pavlos Fyssas on September 18. The party has denied any links to the killing.

Founded in 1985, Golden Dawn entered parliament in June 2012 and has 18 deputies.