The Golden Dawn, 2’nd division Piraeus, member of parliament Giannis Lagos gave a very revealing interview to the newspaper “Stoxos”, from within the cells of Korydallo prison.
– Not knowing the evolution of facts and with the blood of your comrades from this cowardly assassination still fresh. From within this cell of honor, what message has Giannis Lagos to send to the families, to his friends and to his comrades the two Nationalist martyrs that died within the ranks?
In regards to the families of these two heroes, may God comfort the souls of their children and may He give them strength. Remember them always; two young men, comrades, standing firmly for their ideas. We will never forget them, and they will remain Immortal within our ranks. In regards to our comrades, specifically after this blood that poured, their blood is Holy. We know have an even greater responsibility to hold our flags high. Our ideas. Our beliefs and we must fight until the bitter end so that we may overcome. This we owe to our comrades and to our dead. We will not step back not even one step from the things we have said all these years.
– Quite some time has passed from the unjust imprisonment and persecution, from that grim day when the Nationalist members of parliament were handcuffed and dragged off. And these images of which your comrades swear never to forget. What were the feelings and thoughts of Giannis Lagos during those moments and the whole ordeal until now?
The feelings I held that moment was pride in defending my ideas and this was fortifying. I am extremely proud – I have said it several times – that I belong in the ranks of Golden Dawn. I am very proud that with our ideas we have withstood the entire rotten Hellenic system and not only them. This fight we give will not ever end. The Hellenic Nationalists and Golden Dawn will not back up with nothing, and as for my feelings – and I say it again – they were joy and pride. That moment they tried to jail us, placing us in handcuffs and marching us escorted by armed and masked police of E.K.A.M (Counter Terrorism Unit). Even I don’t know what else they could have done to terrorize us. But the complete opposite happened. And here I must say that we are probably the only people that E.K.A.M. imprisoned. We also very proudly refused to wear the white bulletproof vests. They offered it to us at some point as they were leading us out and we literally threw it in their faces. We told them that we do not need a bulletproof vest and we will exit proudly as we are. My thoughts throughout this time remain the same. They have even grown more and I must say that I am going crazy with all this that has happened. I repeat that I will not take one step back. I will fight until the final fall, and I say it to you truthfully. Until our ideas find victory. We will not permit this anti-Hellenic scum to do as they wish. Inside of the jails, outside of the jails, wherever they find me. My fight will always be for Greece and Golden Dawn and I am very proud of this.
-The whole world saw them practically tear apart your entire house. With a determined search to discover the weapons of Golden Dawn. But nothing. How much of a “boomerang” has this script become? I mean it when I say it to you. How did you see this, how did you feel?
Look, the day they were dragging me here and there, teams of E.K.A.M. with their bulletproof jeeps, made it impossible for me to learn of the news. I saw it much later, that they entered my house for the second time, because the first time they naturally did not find anything. They entered with machines and dug up my small garden, and with metal detectors they destroyed the house. Naturally they could not find any of things they were waiting to find. Quite simply the weapons they were searching for can not be found because they lie in the hearts and souls of single person of Golden Dawn. This then is something they will never find. Very simply they are laughable. And all these dogs, and I can’t even call them dedicated dogs of Dendias – because at the first moment they will feel the pressure they will abandon and sell out Dendias. These dogs that entered my home have belittled themselves again.
They could not find the smallest of things, because not even the smallest of things were present. Also they were saying for days, and they asphyxiated us with it, that they will search and find the big entrepreneurs, weapons suppliers, and financiers of Golden Dawn. They are searching to find the terroristic storehouses with there four or fives thousand weapons. These things they said for one month. And because the time has passed and they have found nothing they have shut up now and do not have a thing to say. Golden Dawn is spotless. There has not been one thing found or is there ever going to be. Not in Golden Dawn’s accounts, or members of parliament, or ranks or members. This is something they do not understand. They believed we were like them, that we got in and would become no different than their mess. We have not sold out. We do not plan on selling out and for this very reason we are hunted in this manner by the system.
– You specifically absorbed personal attack. They classified you a night vigilante, and almost a pedophile and many other laughable aspects. When you heard such things how did you react?
To be honest with you I was both fuming and laughing. Why don’t they judge me for something I believe or have done? I would not have a problem with this truly. I am very proud of all I have done until now in my life. With all my mistakes. But the things that they slander me about are tragic. The things you’ve all ready mentioned and suddenly I discover that I owned three homes and lived a life of luxury. I also learned of frightening things about myself. I had sent a letter from in here to the Minister of Public Security, to pull out his bank account and I mine, to see where I stand and where he stands. In order to see the Minister’s standard of of living and my standard of living so that in the end we understand who is the fascist and who the democrat. Naturally he did not answer and he will never answer. This just so we can clear some things up. As for the slanderous things they said, those really angered me. They angered me and all the people of my area. They tried to discredit me in this manner. All they have done is motivated me further. This I tell them clearly. It will not bother me to never be released from prison. My fight will be the same and I will not step back. I will not be swayed with nothing from them. I will come after them with all my power and all my strength.
– Many of them see and follow, many who do not know the soul of a Golden Dawner. How do you continue with your political work, restrained and from within prison? And the truth is, for some this pains them. How much more pain can you give back to them?
To tell you the truth now that I am in here, I sit and associate myself more with my political work, than from when I entered parliament. This parliamentary process, let’s say the dialogue, is a joke. We have been going into parliament and posed questions to every minister and every official and they answered when they wanted, if they wanted, and for the most part their responses were tragically humorous. We would ask of certain things and they would answer for other things. Which means there is no political examination within parliament. I personally stopped dealing with this aspect of the political process. I do not think the total change will happen within parliament, from this point and on, our questions will from locked within Korydallo prison. It is to deal with issues that interest us. With Christos Pappas and our Leader we will continue with all our efforts. As for what you asked me, how much pain can I pay back to them. . . Limitless! With God on my side they will see how much pain I can dish out to them in return.
– You with the other two members of parliament, the Leader and Christos Pappas, for the first time ever will have the privilege seeing your names vanish from the parliamentary books in regards to the issue of voting. Obviously they retracted this days later saying it did not happen. Something the entire country had witnessed with their eyes. How much more crazy do they want to make us?
Certainly. Let me phrase it this way, this was another “privilege”, of democracy. Entirely arbitrary as well as embarrassing for all these characters in there. At first, when they should have recognized the names they did not call our names systematically. Then someone said to them that this is not nice and that they should not do this. And in this way the second, third and fourth time they stopped not calling out our names and as things progressed our members of parliament belittled them within parliament. And told them how things really are. They took back-steps and declared that they “will read the names” and these type of things. Naturally all this is a joke. They exhibit their full confusion of which they find themselves in this present moment. It is a state of extraordinary panic and desperation. They believed that Golden Dawn would be broken this entire time. They believed that our percentage of votes would go down. Naturally they now see that not one or the other has happened. In opposition to them they find Golden Dawn as a global model. With the Leader and two members of Parliament inside of prison. With two of our comrades dead and one fighting for his life. With an atmosphere of terrorism for the last 35-40 days from everyone. And when I say from everyone I mean it. From all of those of the Memorandum, from parliament, from the police, from everywhere. And yet Golden Dawn has grown gigantically. And after these developments they can not accept this. We have brought them – and I say it again – to a state of extraordinary panic and desperation. They can not understand us and understand how we think.
– Do you have some kind of new development for the legal aspect of this situation that involves all of us. Do we know when the first application will be filed for release from prison?
In regard to the legal aspect of the situation, it is something that is being dealt with legally by our defense lawyers. I do not have anything to say and it is better that we do not say anything more on this issue. You will learn of the development as things evolve and you will be informed immediately.
– In conclusion what does Giannis Lagos want to say to the Greek Nationalists, old and young, who literally, do not simply revolt, after such a storm of communication from the establishment. (Even though most of them covered you without abandoning their positions). Yet they unexpectedly thicken their ranks.
This which I would like to say to my comrades of Golden Dawn, and to all the free Greek citizens, all those that value liberty as human beings above all, Do not back up from your ideas and beliefs. Be very proud in that which you believe in. We live in very difficult times. Very bizarre. Unfortunately for our country our enemy is within our walls. They see who is the thorn in their side at this present moment. I do not believe we can do anything more to verify that Golden Dawn truly does that which they say. Golden Dawn is devoted to its convictions and ideas..It has battled many years on these issues.