For years the city squares of Omonia, St Panteleimon and other neighborhoods in downtown Athens were considered “no-go zones” for native Greeks to walk after sunset. Violence, theft, and drugs brought by large congregations of illegal immigrants claimed numerous Greek victims, devastated local small businesses, and made it dangerous for Greeks to simply enjoy their own town. When Golden Dawners began to occupy these town squares they became local folk heroes, citizens have attested numerous times in English and Greek press that these actions drastically increased their quality of life.
However, in the 2 weeks since the beginning of the government and media persecution of Golden Dawn, the same ones who tormented Greek citizens before have “reconquered” the town squares. The absence of a political force that puts Greeks ahead of illegal aliens has caused a return to massive congregations of the latter throughout the parks and plazas of downtown Athens.
Only in the last two nights in the area of Agios Panteleimon, a hardly fathomable 714 people packed into its central plaza. In order to not draw the ire of citizens in these areas regarding the persecution of Golden Dawn, the Greek government has significantly upped a commanding police presence and made some token gestures at enforcing Greece’s existing immigration laws, with 87 arrests for the possession of fraudulent documents, yet 300,000 illegal aliens are still in Central Athens alone.