Italians protest neo-Nazi Golden Dawn fundraiser

A mayor in northern Italy has warned the magistrate of Milan of a neo-Nazi gathering planned for this Saturday, billed as a fundraiser for Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party.

Italians protest neo-Nazi Golden Dawn fundraiser
A protest against the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Greece. Golden Dawn photo: Shutterstock

The mayor of Carugate, Gravina Umberto, has warned the city’s magistrate of the imminent event hosted by the extreme-right party, Ansa reported on Wednesday.

Neo-Nazis are due to gather on Saturday evening and host a concert to fundraise for Golden Dawn. The exact location of the concern has been kept a secret, over fears of protests against the event, the news agency said.

Golden Dawn came third in Greece’s European Parliament elections last month, although a number of the party’s members are facing criminal investigations, AFP reported.

Two Golden Dawn members were recently found guilty of murdering a Pakistani man in Athens in January, while last year another of the party’s supporters killed an anti-fascist musician.

Despite being comparatively weak in Italy, the extreme right has been active in the country in recent months.

Last year neo-fascist group Casa Pound welcomed Golden Dawn to Rome, while in Milan neo-Nazis flypostered the city with images of Adolf Hitler to mark the leader’s 125th birthday in April.

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