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Golden Dawn MP stopped from taking gun into parliament

Extreme-right party member asked to put his gun away driving into parliament

With MPs from many parties warning that Golden Dawn MPs are entering parliament armed, the Eleftherotypia newspaper has reported that an unnamed Golden Dawn MP was asked to store his gun away while driving into parliament’s underground parking. ‘I prefer to get someone first, before they get me,’ he is reported to have replied before driving on

A New Democracy MP has expressed her concern that Panayiotis Iliopoulos, surrounded here by his Golden Dawn colleagues during his eviction from parliament on May 17, is often armed A New Democracy MP has expressed her concern that Panayiotis Iliopoulos, surrounded here by his Golden Dawn colleagues during his eviction from parliament on May 17, is often armed Amid growing concerns that Golden Dawn MPs are attending parliamentary sessions armed, the Eleftherotypia newspaper has reported that one of the extreme-right party’s MPs was asked to put away his gun whilst driving into parliament.

The weapon was placed on the passenger seat of the car being driven by the unnamed MP into parliament’s underground parking.

The policeman who guards the area noticed the gun and asked the MP to put it away.

The MP reportedly drove on, replying: “I prefer to get someone first, before they get me.”

Syriza’s Petros Tsatsopoulos and Pasok’s Paris Koukoulopoulos have in the past warned that Golden Dawn MPs have been entering parliament armed.

And in an interview over on Sunday, New Democracy MP Fotini Pipili criticised Golden Dawn MP Panayiotis Iliopoulos – who was evicted from parliament on Friday after an outburst against Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras – for carrying a gun and said that she feared one of the party’s members would open fire in the chamber.

Earlier this month, Golden Dawn MP Giorgos Germenis apparently reached for his gun while being restrained by Athens Mayor Yiorgos Kaminis’ bodyguards. The Athens mayor has filed a suit against Germenis for allegedly assaulting him after Kaminis asked police to stop a pre-Easter Greeks-only food handout by Golden Dawn on Syntagma Square.

MPs who carry guns are obliged to hand in their weapons to a secure location on entering parliament, with only their personal police guards being allowed to carry guns in the chamber.

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