“Golden Dawn’s rise signals breakdown of the Greek state’s authority.” – Richard Seymour

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Richard Seymour, author of the upcoming Against Austerity (Pluto, 2014), has written an article for the Guardian about the emergence of the far right in Greece. For more on Greek austerity and politics, check out Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone & the World Economic Crisis (Pluto, 2013), by Christos Laskos & Euclid Tsakalotos.

Seymour outlines the situation angrily: 

Today, it is reported that elements in the Greek armed forces have been training Golden Dawn hit squads. There are allegations that there is a secret, 3,000-strong paramilitary structure within Golden Dawn that is being combat-trained by sympathisers in the military. It is appalling how credible this report is.

There was much idle chatter about a possible coup d’etat when prime minister George Papandreou was promising Greek voters a referendum on his austerity package. There was, allegedly, a state of alert order being circulated within the military, about the possible need to intervene in…

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