It's happening again. The image above is not of a historical remake of Nazi Germany. It is Greece, 2012. Anti-bailout movements, financial ruin, austerity cuts, over 50% unemployment - an opportunity for neo-Nazism to rise up among the ruins of what was once the greatest civilisation known to man.
Politics in Greece has become increasingly primitive as Greek society has become increasingly desperate. The public humiliation of HIV-positive sex workers was avidly supported by ministers of public order and health, including the degradation of young girls who were trafficked as sex slaves into the country. In addition to breaching the human rights of said sex workers in front of television cameras and journalists, previous to the general election members of the coalition government and the mainstream media have pin-pointed immigrants as scapegoats for Greece's problems.
Hmmm, that reminds me of something:
"The year has ended. The struggle continues!"
For a brief overview of Greek politics:
[Benito Mussolini with the Black Shirt Legion]
The television campaign slogan for Golden Dawn in reference to immigrants was "Let's rid this country of the stench". Interestingly enough, Michaloliakos, the leader of the party, a man who forces journalists to rise when he enters a room, denies allegations of neo-Nazism, stressing that Golden Dawn in primarily "nationalist". Disturbingly, he claims that "Those who betray this country – it's time for them to be afraid. We are coming."
"...it's time for them to be afraid. We are coming."
Remind you of anyone?
Unfortunately, this maniac is undoubtedly popular among the millions of frustrated Greeks living in financial ruin. "We will fight to free Greece from the global loan sharks, for a Greece of dignity and independence," he claims, "and for a Greece that is not a social jungle with all these millions of illegal immigrants that were brought here."
Anti-bailout ideas are extremely popular in Greece. Both Golden Dawn and SYRIZA campaign against the "humiliating" EU bailout. There are also disturbing similarities between the current situation in Greece and the political situation that led up to Hitler's Third Reich. The resentment towards the bail-out is akin to that of the November Criminals. Both Greek society and pre-Nazi German society used immigrants as scapegoats for financial ruin, in addition to the US and other wealthy(ier) countries controlling the situation. Both resent global humiliation. And thus arises political extremism, The Way Out.
I know whose shoes I definitely wouldn't want to be in right now:
[Illegal Immigrants in Greece]
For anyone unaware of the Greek debt crisis, here's a wee timeline of events.
For anyone unaware of the debt crisis in the Eurozone and the bailout schemes, here's a nifty little visual aid.