Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Greece: Right-Wing Golden Dawn Expels Lawmaker

Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party has expelled one of its lawmakers from its parliamentary ranks, calling on him to resign his seat and allow it to be taken over by another party member.
The party said Tuesday it was expelling Stathis Boukouras, but did not give a reason. If Boukouras refuses to give up his seat, Golden Dawn will be left with 16 seats in the 300-member parliament.
Boukouras is among several Golden Dawn officials, including the party's leader, who are in jail pending trial on charges of participating in a criminal organization. Authorities began a crackdown after last year's fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.
On Saturday, another lawmaker left the party, claiming he was shocked by allegations of violent activity.

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