EnetEnglish.gr, 17:25 Wednesday 15 May 2013
Golden Dawn MP reveals true colours
Christos Pappas refers to Hitler-praising text as 'readings of our youth'
During a vote to lift the parliamentary immunity of Syriza MP Petros Tatsopoulos, Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas referred to a Hitler-praising text as 'the writings of our youth' adding that nationalism is 'the future of the world'
The incident occurred during a parliamentary session to vote on lifting the parliamentary immunity of Syriza MP Petros Tatsopoulos, who has been sued by Pappas for calling Golden Dawn MPs “pimps”.
Addressing parliament, Tatsopoulos highlighted the dangers of criminalising political speech, reading out an extract from a text written by Pappas in Golden Dawn's magazine, in which the far-right MP praised Hitler.
“We thank Mr Tatsopoulos for reading out to us the writings of our youth,” Pappas told parliament, adding that nationalism is "the future of the world”.
“I'm not asking for my parliamentary immunity to be lifted,” Tatsopoulos told MPs, stressing that Golden Dawn aims to raise his immunity in order to create a climate that criminalises political speech. “People will think twice before they speak in order not to be taken to court,” he said.
Golden Dawn had sued Tatsopoulos following an interview the latter gave to Lifo magazine, in which he condemned the party for its violent reactions to the staging of theatrical play “Corpus Christi”, which led to the cancellaton of the play.
In October 2012 Golden Dawn members and MPs, together with religious groups, gathered outside the Hitirio theatre in downtown Athens preventing the audience from entering the theatre and threatening the director of the play, which they deemed blasphemous.
“What happened that night, when Golden Dawn MPs marshalled outside the Hitirio like pimps to impede audience attendance, was a night of terror,” Tatsopoulos had told Lifo.
Tatsopoulos stressed that “a pimp is a protector who uses violent means” and that Golden Dawn had decided that “the play would not be staged and so it didn't”.
Parliament voted against lifting Tatsopoulos' parliamentary immunity with 121 votes against and 73 votes in favour.