Declared bankrupt earlier this month, Nick Griffin, who heads the British National Party (BNP), will speak in Athens in support of an appeal by neonazi Golden Dawn to the European Court of Human Rights over what it claims is a government’s crackdown on it
The leader of a British far-right party who was declared bankrupt last week will be in Athens on Friday to speak in support of neonazi Golden Dawn.
Nick Griffin, who heads the British National Party (BNP) and is a member of the European Parliament, is scheduled to address a Golden Dawn press conference to present the party’s plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights over what it claims is a government’s crackdown on it.
Golden Dawn claims that the remanding in custody of its leader, deputy leader and another party MP as “illegal and unconstitutional” and says it will present documents showing how the “scheme against Golden Dawn was set up”.
In September, after the arrest of Golden Dawn leaders in the aftermath of the stabbing of a antifascist rapper by a party supporter, Griffin expressed his “full solidarity with Greek patriots, being persecuted by the system as a consequence of their fast growing support among ordinary Greeks”.
“The disgrceful [sic] actions taken by the Athens authorities, using false allegations as a cloak of their undemocratic attack on the nationalist alternative, are a clear example of the totalitarian attitude of liberal regimes, which is becoming more and more visible,” Griffin said in a statement.
The following month, in the European Parliament, the MEP said: “Half a million Greek voters have been disenfranchised by the attempted murder of Golden Dawn at the behest of EU bureaucrats, German bankers and Zionist gangsters.”
Golden Dawn’s spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris is also expected to speak at the press conference, which takes place at 5.30pm at the Crystal City Hotel near Karaiskaki square.
Earlier this month, Griffin was named on a list published by the UK’s Insolvency Service after being declared bankrupt at Welshpool and Newtown county court.
On Twitter, the BNP leader said: “Being bankrupt does not prevent me being or standing as an MEP. It does free me from financial worries. A good day!”
This week, the bankrupt Griffin delivered his first cookery programme on his party’s YouTube channel, cooking up a beef stew. He said the idea was to provide simple, cheap recipe ideas to BNP members who have told him “their wives can’t afford to put enough decent food on the table.”