Three Golden Dawn extremist right-wing party members have arrived at an Athens court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organisation.
The Greek government says it will present a bill targeting racist hate speech, as part of a crackdown on the Golden Dawn party after the killing of an anti-fascist rapper last month.
Four MPs from Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party will appear in court today as the country's government seeks to quell unrest over the murder of an anti-fascist activist.
The four, who face charges of belonging to a criminal group and other counts including assault, money laundering and murder, were arrested over the weekend.
The party's leader Nikos Michaloliakos and his deputy were also arrested and will appear in court later this week.
Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, Yannis Lagos, Nikos Michos and Ilias Panagiotaros will be formally charged today.
The arrests follow the fatal stabbing of Greek hip-hop artist and anti-racism campaigner, Pavlos Fyssas, who was allegedly killed by a self-confessed neo-Nazi who worked in a Golden Dawn office.
Greece's government has submitted legislation to Parliament aimed at cutting state funding to the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party following a series of arrests of its members.
The party's leader and four other members are facing charges of belonging to a criminal organisation.
"Democracy cannot fund its rivals," said Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos in a news conference.
"Therefore when you have a criminal organisation which is operating inside a political party, there must be sanctions regarding funding," Venizelos added.
Under the legislation, state funding would be suspended for a party if any members of its leadership or lawmakers are being prosecuted for felonies.
The leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party and four more of its politicians will make their pleas against charges of belonging to a criminal organisation on Tuesday.
The arrest of party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, four others is the biggest mass detention of lawmakers since the end of Greece's military dictatorship in 1974.
Thirteen party members were also arrested and will appear in court to enter their pleas on Wednesday.
The leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos, alongside party spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris and three other parliamentarians were arrested by counter-terrorism police earlier today, and have been formally charged with membership of a criminal organisation.
Nikos Michos and Ilias Panayiotaros gave themselves up voluntarily, according to the Associated Press.
A further 15 people, including 13 Golden Dawn members and two police officers, have also been arrested and are due to appear before a prosecutor and an examining magistrate soon. They face the same charges.
The leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos has been arrested on charges of forming a criminal organisation.
Police are currently investigating the party for links with the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by a self-proclaimed Golden Dawn supporter.
The stabbing to death of Pavlos Fissas on 17 September sparked violent protests in the capital of Athens.
Greek protesters opposing the arrest of at least 14 Golden Dawns members are lining the pavement outside the police headquarters in Athens.
A long line of cars is waiting to transport the detainees to the prosecutor's office.
The leader and members of Golden Dawn were arrested on charges of founding a criminal organisation. They are due to appear in court this weekend to be charged formally.
The government had begun a legal investigation into the party for links with the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by a self-proclaimed Golden Dawn supporter and other incidents on whether they could be considered criminal.
Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has ruled out snap elections after arrests of the far-right Golden Dawn party's leader, two other politicians and party members, Reuters reports.
They are due to appear in court this weekend on charges of founding a criminal organisation.