“Did I win or lose? The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet”
The victory of the Golden Dawn in the elections of January 25th, 2015 shall be written in the political history of Greece as a unique achievement and at the same time as a paradox and inexplicable phenomenon, at least according to the criteria of modern political science. Without any promotion, without funding, without a voice or free movement , with our leading team “decimated” by the unlawful acts of the regime and the systemic terrorism that has gone too far, we achieved a clear victory and we exceeded all of our political objectives.
George Tragas (or Fragas) said something true in the broadcast of Hatzinikolaou: “I didn’t expect at all the Golden Dawn to be the third place party”. The same thing had been said from morning till night by all the channels, all the radio stations, all the tabloids and all the parrots of this scheme. They said so, with passion and obsession, that in the end they believed it and on Sunday night they almost had a stroke. Just remember the anxiety of the old-baby Stai, the face of Sroiter, the delirium of Kanelli and – most of all – the muffled and disguised crying about the “right wing” of freemasonry (Voridis, Dendias, etc.). They thought, the ignorant, that they would make us vanish with the imprisonment and the tribulations. They did not think that there are still people, who prefer to suffer the most miserable treatment from a corrupt regime, than to lose their personal dignity.
The pre-election period that we experienced the last few weeks in Korydallos prison certainly was the most intense of our lives and definitely worth it. In 2012 we may also have experienced unpredictable situations (personally: incident with Kanelli, manhunt from the Security, vanity cases of NIS searching my phone and other humor). But they cannot be compared to the epic feat this January. Candidate MPs locked up in four walls, we opposed an entire System with our only weapon being a phone card. We gave speeches via payphones under surveillance. We wrote the party’s political program in wretched manuscripts that reached our electoral committee by lawyers and relatives who visited us. Our voice was heard live at concentrations of thousands of citizens, who felt, but didn’t see our presence. We became literally the “ghost of their pseudo-democracy”. With the victory of January 25th these ghosts regained flesh and bones and return to the parliamentary proceedings. It is no longer possible to continue our illegal detention after the powerful and fresh popular mandate that we received as representatives of the National Movement of the Golden Dawn.
To cheer up, I will refer to a funny incident of the last days. Many times, when you experience difficult situations, Humorous self-sarcasm is a good sign of mental strength. So, on Saturday after the end of the pre-election period, all the channels displayed the corrupt political leaders “welcoming” their minions and their parrots that were covering their campaigns. They used to say for example: “Alexis Tsipras hosted a lunch for his colleagues at an ouzeri at Lycabettus Hill” and so on. At that time I happened to be eating souvlaki skewers that someone had brought us at the most recent visit. After a while I teased the Chief and told him that the news displayed us with the rest parties for the first time, saying: “Nikos Michaloliakos hosted a lunch for his MPs, with souvlaki skewers from the neighborhood grill in Korydallos prison and also discussed the plan of action for the party”…
I will conclude with the words of Nikos Kazantzakis, which perfectly match with the fight that the Popular Association has been in the last two and a half years: “Did I win or lose? The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet”. The result of the elections on January 25th was certainly a great victory. But what would be the political reality in our homeland, if the system hadn’t unleashed the illegal and all-out attack against the Popular Association, an attack that is evolving till today, fifteen full months after its manifestation? If the rise of the movement hadn’t been abruptly interrupted by the wretched persecutions, the imprisonments and the murders, then certainly the national elections would had been held shortly after the European elections, because of the crash of New Democracy The Popular Association would be the opposition party and would rule the big municipalities of the country. Of course the “if” does not write history. The Golden Dawn is now certain that it writes History. Full of wounds, we are still standing on our feet, faithful to our Ideas, faithful to the fight for great and free Greece.
26 January 2015