Anti-Immigrant Attacks Up in Greece

    Members of the Greek extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi), sing the National anthem out of the Golden Dawn's office in Thessaloniki on June 17, 2012. Greece's Golden Dawn was re-elected to parliament in elections today, according to exit polls which gave it between 6.0 and 7.5 percent of the vote. The party, whose support has been boosted by anti-immigrant anger, scored 6.97 percent in inconclusive elections last month.  AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS        (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Greek’s economic collapse hasn’t just brought massive unemployment, austerity, and protests—it has also brought the rise of the far-right Golden Dawn party and an uptick in violence targeting immigrants. Amid the rising influence among the Greek people of Golden Dawn, which has Nazi influences and retains a rather swastika-like symbol, Human Rights Watch has issued a report about the “alarming proportions” of xenophobic attacks. Experts are pointing a finger at Golden Dawn’s victory in last month’s elections, in which the fringe party was able to secure 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats, and they say that the country’s fiscal catastrophe makes its citizens more susceptible to extremist influences.

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