Ilias Kasidiaris (C), member of the Greek Parliament and spokesman of extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn. thumbnail
Inauguration of the extreme right Golden Dawn party headquarters in Faliro, Athens. thumbnail
Detail at the new offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party. thumbnail
Ilias Kasidiaris of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi). thumbnail
Food distribution from the extreme-right ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party. thumbnail
Greek citizens prove their identity in order to receive free sacks of potatoes at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. thumbnail
Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. thumbnail
Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi). thumbnail
Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party in central Athens thumbnail
Leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos (C) arrives at a gathering of members and supporters of his party in central Athens. thumbnail
Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens. thumbnail
Golden Dawn MP Kostas Barbarousis (C) arrives at the annual gathering of the extreme-right political party. thumbnail
Members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens. thumbnail
Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia (R) sings the Greek national anthem during a meeting of the ultra nationalist party in central Athens. thumbnail
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold Greek national flags and torches during a meeting in central Athens. thumbnail
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold flags and burning torches during a meeting in central Athens. thumbnail
Main entrance at the new offices of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party. thumbnail
The offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in Faliro. thumbnail
Young members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party. thumbnail
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn at the end of their meeting outside the party's headquarters in Athens. thumbnail
Members of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party from the suburb of Nikaia, Piraeus. thumbnail
Golden Dawn supporters rally for imprisoned leader's release. thumbnail
Supporters of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn wave Greek flags and shout slogans as they demonstrate. thumbnail
Ilias Kasidiaris (C), member of the Greek Parliament and spokesman of extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn.
Inauguration of the extreme right Golden Dawn party headquarters in Faliro, Athens.
Detail at the new offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party.
Ilias Kasidiaris of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi).
Food distribution from the extreme-right ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.
Greek citizens prove their identity in order to receive free sacks of potatoes at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.
Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.
Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi).
Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party in central Athens
Leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos (C) arrives at a gathering of members and supporters of his party in central Athens.
Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens.
Golden Dawn MP Kostas Barbarousis (C) arrives at the annual gathering of the extreme-right political party.
Members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens.
Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia (R) sings the Greek national anthem during a meeting of the ultra nationalist party in central Athens.
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold Greek national flags and torches during a meeting in central Athens.
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold flags and burning torches during a meeting in central Athens.
Main entrance at the new offices of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.
The offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in Faliro.
Young members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.
Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn at the end of their meeting outside the party's headquarters in Athens.
Members of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party from the suburb of Nikaia, Piraeus.
Golden Dawn supporters rally for imprisoned leader's release.
Supporters of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn wave Greek flags and shout slogans as they demonstrate.

Ilias Kasidiaris (C), member of the Greek Parliament and spokesman of extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn.

Inauguration of the extreme right Golden Dawn party headquarters in Faliro, Athens.

Detail at the new offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party.

Ilias Kasidiaris of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi).

Food distribution from the extreme-right ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.

Greek citizens prove their identity in order to receive free sacks of potatoes at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.

Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece.

Members of the extreme-right ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi).

Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party in central Athens

Leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Michaloliakos (C) arrives at a gathering of members and supporters of his party in central Athens.

Members and supporters of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens.

Golden Dawn MP Kostas Barbarousis (C) arrives at the annual gathering of the extreme-right political party.

Members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party during a meeting in central Athens.

Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia (R) sings the Greek national anthem during a meeting of the ultra nationalist party in central Athens.

Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold Greek national flags and torches during a meeting in central Athens.

Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party hold flags and burning torches during a meeting in central Athens.

Main entrance at the new offices of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.

The offices of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in Faliro.

Young members of the Greek ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party.

Supporters of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn at the end of their meeting outside the party's headquarters in Athens.

Members of the ultra nationalist Golden Dawn party from the suburb of Nikaia, Piraeus.

Golden Dawn supporters rally for imprisoned leader's release.

Supporters of ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn wave Greek flags and shout slogans as they demonstrate.

Golden Dawn was founded in 1993 by Nikolaos Michaloliakos. The “Golden Dawn” organisation believes in the superiority of the Greek nation and the white “race”, is hostile to immigrants and the homosexuals, Marxism and multiculturalism, and has an anti‐Semitic ideology that defends the activities of the paramilitaries who collaborated with the German Army during the Occupation.
This racist and marginalised political group, which at the 2009 national election received only 0.3 percent of the vote in the elections June 2012, amidst an unprecedented financial and social crisis, won about 7% of the vote. The neo-fascist Golden Dawn has been widely accused of employing violence to further its ratings in the polls.
Golden Dawn’s leader has been in pre-trial custody since October 2013 following the September murder of leftwing rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a self-confessed party member. The killing prompted a government crackdown that unmasked the group as a violent paramilitary organisation.
Surveys have shown that while the group took a drubbing in the aftermath of the assassination it has rebounded sharply and remains crisis-hit Greece’s third biggest political force.

Why people still want to vote for Golden Dawn? Is it false consciousness? Historical ignorance? Political naivety? The vertigo of the fiscal crisis and the social dislocation? Plain anger and despair? Maybe all of these and more.

I have been following Golden Dawn since its electoral success trying to portray members and supporters. This phenomenon is likely to have serious ramifications for Greek society as existing social parameters spiral out of control.