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Greece braces for verdict in epic trial of far-right Celebration Golden Dawn

The trial of 68 members and leaders of the Greek neo-Nazi celebration Golden Dawn reaches its finale this week, as a weapon of Greek judges Wednesday deliver a verdict on whether the celebration is an organized crime syndicate.

The trial, which started after a series of flaws in April 2015, entails dozens of defendants, countless witnesses, and thousands of pages of documentary proof.

A confessed member of Golden Dawn,” Giorgos Roupakias, was charged with murder.

They’re also suspected of additional brutal strikes, racketeering, attempted murder, and illegal possession of weapons.

This, in consequence, prosecutors say, means the neo-Nazi populist political party is an organized crime outfit.

The leaders and activists of this extreme-right celebration have denied all of the charges. The present leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, is among those defendants in the trial.

The celebration dates back to the 1980s and has adopted the background of this far-right in Greece, for example, dictator Ioannis Metaxas (1936-1941) and the Regime of the Colonels (1967-1974).

It was formally founded in 1985 although it didn’t gain much attention until the early 1990s. It espouses an ultranationalistic and xenophobic philosophy.

Golden Dawn closed for a little while in 2005 and has been absorbed to another ultranationalist party named Patriotic Alliance, although Michaloliakos withdrew his aid 2007 and Golden Dawn became the most important party for its extreme right.

Support grew for its celebration as Greece’s financial crisis deepened and the celebration pushed its ultra-nationalist schedule and brought a service foundation.

Golden Dawn jumped on the national stage at the May 2012 general election, winning 7 percent of the vote and entering the Hellenic Parliament with 21 seats.

Back in January 2015, their chairs dropped to 17 and they were the third-largest political party in the parliament.

No matter the results of the epic and historic legal instance, it would appear that the sun has set — to the moment at least on one of Europe’s most callous, though powerful, extreme-right political parties.