Ilias Kasidiaris

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Ilias P. Kasidiaris
Born (1980-11-29) November 29, 1980 (age 33)
Piraeus, Greece
Occupation MP and spokesman for Greek Golden Dawn party

Ilias P. Kasidiaris (Greek: Ηλίας Π. Κασιδιάρης, born: Piraeus, 29 November 1980), is a Greek Member of Parliament[1][2] and spokesperson of Golden Dawn, a Greek far-right[3] political party in Greece. It is led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos.


Early life[edit]

Ilias Kasidiaris was born on 29 November 1980 in Piraeus, Greece.

During his military service, he served in the Greek Special Forces and more specifically (according to his father) in 35 Commando Squadron in Cyprus. He holds a degree in food science from Agricultural University of Athens.

Assault and subsequent protests[edit]

Golden Dawn logo

On June 7, 2012, Kasidiaris slapped female politician Liana Kanelli of the Communist party three times on the head, after she swiped at him with a newspaper for throwing a glass of water at another politician who had insulted him.[4] He was subsequently locked in a room in the studio but he knocked down the door and escaped. Greek prosecutors issued an arrest warrant. The party blamed Kanelli for the incident.

Political analyst Theodore Couloumbis told Reuters that the sight of a young man beating up a defenseless woman could cost the far right party votes, especially with women, though other experts thought images of violence could play in their favour — a Facebook page dedicated to Kasidiaris picked up 6,000 'likes' within 24 hours.[5] Kasidiaris was also awaiting trial for allegedly being the get away driver[6] for an armed assault on a university professor in Athens in 2007.[7][8] He was found innocent of all charges relating to the 2007 incident in March 2013, due to a lack of evidence against him.[9][10]

Kasidiaris quoted The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in a 23 October 2012 speech to parliament. Defending himself in a discussion of whether to lift his parliamentary immunity over his assault of Kanelli, he quoted the passage, "In order to destroy the prestige of heroism we shall send them for trial in the category of theft, murder and every kind of abominable and filthy crime."[11] Kasidiaris, as well as two of his Golden Dawn colleagues, had their immunities stripped by a unanimous vote of the parliament.[12]

In mid-2013, while in the parliament, Kasidiaris denied that the Holocaust occurred.[13] Kasidiaris bears a tattoo on his arm of a Nazi-style swastika composed of Grecian Key meanders, a symbol of his party.[14]

Οn 17 September 2013, Kasidiaris and a number of other Golden Dawn lawmakers were arrested on 28 September 2013 on charges of belonging to a criminal organisation and are due to appear in court.[15] The charge sheet includes murder, extortion, and involvement in the disappearance of up to 100 migrants.[16] On 2 October 2013, Ilias Kasidiaris was released on a 50,000 euro bail.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ilias Kasidiaris, Greek Golden Dawn Politician, Assaults Two Female MPs On Live TV (VIDEO)". huffingtonpost.com. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Gilani, Nadia (11 June 2012). "Ilias Kasidiaris: Greek MP who punched woman in the face on live TV sues his victims | Mail Online". dailymail.co.uk (London). Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
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  4. ^ Greek New Dawn's Ilias Kasidiaris sues women over TV row, BBC News, 11 June 2012
  5. ^ Savaricas, Nathalie (9 June 2012). "Anti-fascist fury in Athens after far-right MP hit rival". The Independent (London). 
  6. ^ "Kasidiaris to face trial for TV beating | Article Page | Home". Enetenglish.gr. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Αναβλήθηκε για τη Δευτέρα η δίκη του Ηλία Κασιδιάρη". 
  8. ^ Howden, Daniel (8 May 2012). "Nikos Michaloliakos: The far-right firebrand who holds Europe's future in his hands". The Independent (London). 
  9. ^ "Πρώτο ΘΕΜΑ online : Αθωώθηκε ο Κασιδιάρης και προκαλεί - Πολιτική". Protothema.gr. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  10. ^ "Greece: Golden Dawn's Ilias Kasidiaris acquitted in court". Digitaljournal.com. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  11. ^ "'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' read aloud in Greek parliament". Times of Israel. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Greek Parliament lifts immunity of 3 far-right lawmakers". The Washington Post. Associated Press. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. [dead link]
  13. ^ The Greek far right: Racist dilemmas
  14. ^ http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2013/08/06/internacional/1375786954.html
  15. ^ EurActiv.com. "Greek justice hits neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’". Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Channel 4 News. "Swastikas but no faces please - Golden Dawn in crisis". Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=228369706