Giorgos Germenis, who plays bass in Greek black metal band NAER MATARON, has been elected to the country’s parliament.
Germenis, who is known by the stage name “Kaiadas,” will represent the extremist Golden Dawn party, which is described as perhaps the most extreme of the far-right parties in all of Europe. Comparisons are made to Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic Party and many say Golden Dawn‘s logo (see below) resembles a swastika.
Stefanos Stefanopolous from the Rockway.gr webzine tells PRI‘s The World, “[Giorgos] wasn’t a well-known musician here in Greece. And to be honest, not many webzines were paying attention to NAER MATARON. It was just another black metal band, a mediocre one, so no one was really paying attention.”
Golden Dawn, an extreme right nationalist party with patriotic symbolism and an anti-immigrant stance, won between 5 and 7 per cent of the vote in Greece’s general elections on May 6, enough for them to gain representation in parliament for the first time in Greek history.
Germenis says there’s an easy solution for Greece’s myriad economic problems. First, he says, “Greek factories must be reborn, Their chimneys must be filled with smoke once more, and of course all illegal immigrants must leave. If all the illegal immigrants left — and there are more than three million — there would be three million jobs for Greeks.” Germenis was also quoted by PRI‘s The World as saying, “We Golden Dawn say that Greece is a rich country. In order to rebuild Greece, we also need to revitalize our factories and small workshops. In this way, Greece can stand on its own two feet. We won’t need the European Union or anyone else. We’ll just need Greeks.”