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Exit polls show far-right party set for Greek parliament

Golden Dawn is capitalising on protest votes as mainstream parties jostle for support.

Golden Dawn candidate Giorgos Germanis at a party office in Artemis, Greece
Golden Dawn candidate Giorgos Germanis at a party office in Artemis, Greece
Image: Petros Giannakouris/AP/Press Association Images

EXIT POLLS FROM Greece’s parliamentary elections show the far-right party Golden Dawn winning unprecedented support from voters, as three mainstream parties struggle to gain an edge.

The polls suggest Golden Dawn is likely to pass the threshold to enter parliament for the first time after today’s election, as voters show their disaffection with government and mainstream opposition politicians.

The party is projected to win between six and eight per cent of votes, well above the three per cent red line for representation.

Three larger parties – New Democracy, PASOK, and the Radical Left Coalition – are each jostling for support at between 14 and 20 per cent.

Golden Dawn has been riding high on the emotive issue of illegal immigration, promising to clean up crime-ridden, ghetto-like city neighborhoods and mine the country’s borders to stop more migrants from getting in.

“We are a Christian nation and we are Europeans. We don’t need Asians, Muslim fanatics in our country, simple as that,” party spokesman Ilias Panagiotaros told NPR.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a video of its leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos shows him giving the fascist salute, while the party’s logo has been compared to a swastika.

Members have rejected the comparison, saying it is an ancient Greek symbol.

- Additional reporting from AP

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