Support for Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was twice as strong at polling stations used by Greek police officers serving in Athens who couldn’t get to their district to vote.
In at least three polling stations in centrally located Ambelokipi, Golden Dawn secured around 20 percent of the votes, well above its national average of 9.4 percent, and ranked second. Ruling New Democracy party led by conservative Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras came first at all three stations, but with a tissue-thin margin ranging between 0.27 and 1.64 percent. The big winner of the EU elections, SYRIZA, was left third.
The polling was similar in four other polling stations in nearby Gyzi, which were used by police officers and special guards serving in the DIAS and DELTA special units. Golden Dawn ranked second with approval ratings ranging from 16.23 to 22.73 percent, followed by SYRIZA. At the other stations in the same district, the ultra-nationalist party came third, but still received no less than 17.8 percent of the votes.
Several Greek police officers were suspended last October after an internal investigation into suspected links between the force and Golden Dawn was launched, although it failed to uncover any signs of “organized cells” affiliated with Greece’s neo-Nazi party. The inquiry was launched after leftist rapper Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by a Golden Dawn supporter.
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