Every country has its fascists, but the fast rise of Greece's Golden Dawn, and the support it gets from the country's police force, continues to be alarming:
Golden Dawn is currently polling in third place with the support of 11.5 percent of voters according to a poll released yesterday and 14 percent according to a poll conducted two weeks ago.
In the June 2012 elections, Golden Dawn only got 6.9 percent of the vote. In other words, in less than five months, the party has expanded its support by somewhere in the range of 67-103 percent, depending on which poll you look at.
Ruling party New Democracy, led by Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras, has seen its support collapse to 22 percent from the 29.7 percent of the vote that won it the election in June.
Support is also falling for Greece's other political parties. And last month, the Guardian reported that people arrested at an anti-Golden Dawn protest were beaten and tortured while in police custody:
Some said they were burned on the arms with a cigarette lighter, and they said police officers videoed them on their mobile phones and threatened to post the pictures on the internet and give their home addresses to Golden Dawn, which has a track record of political violence... One man with a bleeding head wound and a broken arm that he said had been sustained during his arrest alleged the police continued to beat him in GADA and refused him medical treatment until the next morning. Another said the police forced his legs apart and kicked him in the testicles during the arrest...
Last month the Guardian reported that victims of crime have been told by police officers to seek help from Golden Dawn, who then felt obliged to make donations to the group.
Ugly economies can make for ugly politics. Below the jump is a video narrated by one of the protesters.