Tuesday, 19 June 2012

All Greek to me

When that Greek Fascist, Ilias Kasidiaris, slapped a left-wing female politician, after chucking water over another, in front of the TV cameras I wasn't that disturbed. It was an ugly, unprovoked attack by a violent idiot but I thought he'd end up in the dock looking foolish. End of. Instead:

Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris is due to appear in court on Monday but not for punching a Communist Party (KKE) candidate during a TV talk show last week, as police failed to arrest him within the 48-period allowed by the warrant...

... Authorities only had 48 hours to arrest Kasidiaris so he could be fast-tracked through the courts. Instead, the neo-Nazi party spokesman is due to go on trial on Monday in relation to an incident in 2007, when he allegedly drove a car carrying several people who attacked a student. He denies the charges.

I know squat about Greek law, but is this really the best they can do? Accused slaps somebody about in front of a room full of witnesses, not to mention the world + dog watching on telly and the Internet. Cops fail to nab the suspect who is apparently entitled to a Get Out Of Jail Free card, so long as he can elude them for more than two days, which he duly does.

Kasidiaris going apeshit wasn't shocking; he's a Fascist, that's how they roll. The fact that he apparently can do it with impunity is the scary bit.

It's almost as if the police weren't trying very hard:

More than half of all police officers in Greece voted for the far-right ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn – described by many as neo-Nazi - in the elections on May 6. This gave them a record 7 per cent of the vote, securing 21 seats in parliament.

­The analysis published by the country’s To Vima (The Tribune) newspaper reveals much of the contribution came from the country’s police officers.


Being attacked by Fascist thugs is bad enough, but when it starts to look as if the police are rooting for the Fascists, it's time to check your passport. After a bit more suffering and chaos, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Greek cops (not to mention a few colonels) welcoming a Freikorps-style militia, made up of those Golden Dawn activists too thuggish or stupid to have made it into the police force, as useful allies in the struggle to impose "order".

Not only does Kasidiaris seem to be above the law, but this sorry excuse for a man is now so full of hubris that he's even got time to submit frivolous and vexatious lawsuits against his victims and the television station, alleging 'unprovoked defamation' and 'illegal detention'.

Bonus factiod - we now use the Greek term hubris to describe excessive pride or self-confidence, or in the context of Greek tragedy, defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis. From Mr Wikipedia, I find out that:

Hubris, though not specifically defined, was a legal term and was considered a crime in classical Athens ...Violations of the law against hubris included what might today be termed assault and battery.

 How topical.