Greek government seeks to cut Golden Dawn funding

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.

Supporters of extreme-right Golden Dawn party shout slogans outside the Greek police headquarters in Athens
Supporters of extreme-right Golden Dawn party shout slogans outside the Greek police headquarters in Athens Credit: REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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.

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