Golden Dawn New York editors note by George:
St. Pantelimonas, known in Greek as Agios Pantelimonas, is a neighborhood in central Athens that was one of the first areas in Greece to be completely overrun with illegal Immigants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Africa and other places. This process started in the early to mid 2000’s when I was living close by at the time, many neighborhoods in Athens have platies, or “Squares”, these are park areas surrounded by shops, where children play and elderly people relax on park benches.
The square of St. Pantelimonas by the mid 2000’s became a no go area for Greeks, the entire surrounded neighborhood became loaded with thousands of illegal immigrants, and the square, with it’s large Orthodox Church in the center became a type of hub of drug sales, violence, robbery and prostitution.
The Greeks who could not afford to move out, were in a living nightmare, most of these people would ask the police for help, but the government ignored them, the people felt like hostages in their own neighborhood. Just like the reality of “No Go” neighborhoods in New York where I spent my youth, the Greeks in Greece finally got a taste of a “No Go” zone and learned the dark side of “Multiculturalism”.
Around 2007 however, the local people started to fight back, local Golden Dawn members who lived there and the people who lived around the square were fed up, I watched as middle aged women and elderly men began to physically chase the Bangladeshis when they attempted to cross the square, I saw bravery of people who were not even Golden Dawn members or politically active.
During this time, a large scale battle started over the next several years, gangs of Afghanis and Bangladeshis attacked residents, and Golden Dawn men from all over Athens, including myself, would go there to help the people. We stayed in that square 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Golden Dawners and Local Residents. One time a few comrades and I had put up Greek flags all around the square and that night we caught 2 Greek anarchists trying to burn them with a lighter! Those anarchists never came back after that rest assured, the Greek anarchists would try to attack the local residents alongside the immigrants and this only strengthened the resolve of the local people, and eventually we won.
By 2010, despite the neighborhood still having tons of foreigners, the square became safe again, the children were playing again, the elderly felt safe again, the shop owners around the square had business from the local Greeks again, and Golden Dawn was always there and was always welcomed from that time on. It was a huge turning point and a sign of hope for Greece, and i believe it should be an example for other Europeans that you do not have to just sit back and take the government assault on your homeland.
During the first days of the recent Golden Dawn persecutions, the gangs of anarchists, police and the Afghanis and Pakistanis etc took over the square again and tried to terrorize the people, but the people still fight back.
This below is a translation of a letter from the local residents and business owners of St. Pantelimonas in response to the lying journalists:
The press in recent days has systematically tried to throw tons of mud at the residents of St. Panteleimonas and the region in municipal district 6 with its miserable stories. Once again “journalists” distort the reality in order to create false impressions and slander our neighborhood once again. We certainly did not expect anything different with the media ostrich tactics, sticking their heads in the sand when people try to talk of what goes on here. We wonder if the reporter who came to our neighborhood even looked at the ground!
We wonder if they noticed the colonization of our neighborhood by populations of Asians, Africans and Gypsies. We wonder if they ‘saw’ the illegal trading of foreigners in local markets. We wonder if they saw how many Greeks moved out of the area. We wonder if they entered the multifamily flat buildings to count the empty apartments, where a few years ago people lived and have since fled. We wonder if they see on Acharnon street in Aristotle Square and Amerikis Square the mini markets, barber shops and Internet stores of foreigners. Will someone explain to us where all these “poor” and “victimized” people found the thousands of euros to buy existing businesses or to build new ones with those television channels you have?
We wonder how many of them asked if they could live in the drug ghettos that have been created in recent years because of the invasion. We wonder if with the same passion the TV channels would show how these foreigners make a living, how they buy food and how they pay the rent, to show where the money comes from. Will the media do away with the misinformation that can only serve to benefit the drug traffickers and show solidarity with groups who have become wealthy from this situation. Will the mass media do this? NO NEVER!
Internet shops are smuggling illegal aliens. No problem despite complaints. These gambling and smuggling dens have been baptized Internet cafes and operate undisturbed for years, despite complaints. Despite the obvious illegality, foreign clients, foreign and domestic owners. 93 of these internet cafes and the vast majority are owned by foreigners in municipal district 6 .. The bureaucrat city council people who accuse us of being bothered just because they are foreigners, god forbid they should open their eyes and see that ONLY foreigners are applying for Internet cafe licenses in our neighborhoods.
The smuggling of migrants in Victoria Square has been taking place regularly for months. Newly arrived immigrants received by traffickers are transferred to dozens of immigrant hotels in the area. These are known to the police for some time. For some reason these apartments may enjoy immunity, no one intervenes despite complaints. Undisturbed immigrants also move around our neighborhoods in an unknown direction driving pickup trucks with Bulgarian license plates, they have flooded the area. Even more undisturbed are the gangs of gypsies who have come in huge hordes lately. Someone inform as to what job all these Gypsies do and how they find the money to pay their rent and expenses.
Completely undisturbed, are Africans selling drugs in Amerikis Square and the Beehive, Victoria Square. Even more undisturbed are the Greek criminals with political connections who rent property for their homes, mosques and churches illegally to foreigners. Among them are many lawyers. The crooked civil engineers and accountants are having a party with our neighborhoods and live at our expense pretending to have “Solidarity” with these immigrants”. They have entered the contracting business for foreigners who strive to open shops, to find apartments to escape legal problems, to illegally arrange the books of these shops – All these shops have windows, yet nobody knows anything about this?
Squares, streets, sidewalks are occupied by foreigners legal and illegal, drug dealers and addicts, drunks, prostitutes and carts with junk, abandoned cars or general trash heaps. Illegal African mosques and churches continue to operate undisturbed, despite the prosecutor’s order to close them. Why is it the consul of Bulgaria visited Afghanistan in the last year several times and the illegal “mosque” on Kalymnos street? What kind of immunity is enjoyed by this place and other relevant places that has been hidden long ago? Where is Mr. Mouiznieks, Amnesty International and various observatory NGOs?
We announce that we do not intend to go back to the old years when the word alien ghetto illegal immigrant was taboo and whoever talked about it was the plight of the neighborhood and was labeled “racist”, “fascist” and a “Golden Dawner”. We are already seeing the “Green” policies to restore the (illegal) immigration agenda of 2008-2010 and we are disgusted by it. We do not intend to give political opinion statements so they can ignore us and stick us with labels. Nor will we give interviews like some for our neighbors to distort reality.
We will continue to speak the truth, we demand that our life and property they destroyed be restored. We call on Samaras to remember what he said when he visited our neighborhoods during the election. We call Mr. Athanasios to remember what he saw when he walked in them and consider the people who live here, who spoke. We call Mr. Dendias to remember and what he has experienced in his visits to the Center, and what the people have said. Athens suffers.
As for the media, they suffer from selective deafness and blindness and we warn that if they continue the mudslinging, we will pursue legal action. At some point you will have to answer us, major newspapers and journalists. WHO PROTECTS whom?
Residents and Business owners of Municipal District 6