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Golden Dawn chooses backup name in case of ban
Golden Dawn chooses backup name in case of ban in Greece
Associated Press
2014-02-02 06:01 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- If Golden Dawn is banned, National Dawn will do instead.

Ilias Kassidiaris, lawmaker and spokesman for the extreme right party, has announced the founding of National Dawn, a party that would serve as a way to circumvent a possible ban on the party.

"Patriots will have a party to vote for in the next election if (authorities) go ahead with the coup to ban Golden Dawn," he told a gathering of about 3,000 Golden Dawn supporters Saturday.

Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos, his deputy and four other lawmakers, a third of Golden Dawn's 18-member caucus in the Greek parliament, are behind bars for allegedly being part of a "criminal organization." Michaloliakos was arrested last September, days after a leftist rapper was murdered by an alleged Golden Dawn member.

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