Documentary On Greek Nationalism Reviewed
Did you happen to see ERT's "Transit" program on nationalism in Greece and Europe today? I caught it today by accident and sat down to watch the entire thing the program naturally had an anti-nationalist bias -- bringing up Nazism, racism, and showing the "victims" of "far-Right violence" -- it was actually less biased than I would have normally expected from a Greek television program. The program interviewed leaders of Galazia Stratia, Patriotic Alliance, and Hellenic Front as well as far-Leftist politicians and members of "anti Fascist" organizations. According to this program, Golden Dawn has a great presence in the Peloponnesus and specifically in Tripoli and Naufplion, which I thought was quite interesting and something I'd never noticed before. Interestingly enough, the Security Battalions also had their strongest presence in the Peloponnesus.
Anyway, here's the description of the documentary off the website for ERT'S program "Transit"
As you can see, nationalism is described as "dangerous" and Golden Dawn as "basically a Nazi prototype". But despite this, nationalist leaders interviewed AT LEAST had a chance to tell the public what nationalism really was and meant. The president of Galazia Stratia, for example, even explained how the so-called "Nazi salute" was, in actuality, an ancient Greek salute that the Romans borrowed from the Greeks (the interviewer seemed dumbfounded, if not outright shocked, by this statement and I can only have imagined how his face looked when he heard it!)and that they (Golden Dawn) aren't about superior and inferior races but rather consider miscegenation as a "mistake", "unnatural", and certainly not something God would want.
The program interviewed 2 or 3 supposed "victims" of Golden Dawn, all but one of which had their faces hidden. The one that didn't was part of some "anti-Fascist" organization. They interviewed another "anti-Fascist" member, this one a leader of such an organization in Tripoli, and also a French Socialist in the Euro-Parliament, the latter of which spoke about Le Pen.
The "Greek" Leftists interviewed kept bringing up Nazism, racism, an implied "police conspiracy" defending Golden Dawn, and discrimination against "sexual preference" rights. (On a side note, when the program began, the narrator spoke about how Hitler was "racist against homosexuals". It goes to show how extremely liberal and Leftist the Greek media has become; mimicking -- even exceeding -- their Western counterparts in the buzzwords they use and the words they twist and misuse.) The alleged Jewish "holocaust" was also brought up. And, of course, not a single victim of far-Leftist terrorism was ever interviewed.
As for the aforementioned "police conspiracy", each "anti-Facsist" member and/or "victim of far-Right brutality" interviewed stated how after they had been allegedly beat, that the police refused to show them their files of Golden Dawn members because it was against the law, even though the police had supposedly shown files containing pictures of Leftist members in various organizations in the past. This is probably all bullshit, of course, but it would be interesting if the police really did try to protect nationalists as much as they could. But this is unlikely. Even the documentary showed a nationalist denouncing (and swearing) at the riot guards as protecting "foreigners who burn the Greek flag". The guy in question was bleeding (one of his hands had been hurt, possibly broken) and it showed a riot guard attacking him a second time. So, obviously, the police in general are not protecting nationalists. But it's possible that small groups around the country prefer to ignore,brush off, or "take their time" on nationalist "crimes" when Leftists report them.
Since several nationalists (including Makis Voridis) had a chance to speak, it showed how nationalism was not intellectually or ideologically barren (even if this was not the goal of the program). The president of Galazia Stratia, when asked if he accepted the "Holocaust" stated that he didn't and that, although he was glad he currently had the freedom to challenge it (unlike other countries), that it would only be a few years until that right was no longer allowed in Greece. I especially like how he made a very sarcastic remark when asked about about how Synaspismos had tried to ban Golden Dawn. I was surprised how this program didn't edit out his commentary about how Synaspismos was a homophile party that supported anyone and anything (i.e. illegal immigrants, anarchists, "Greeks" and foreigners who burn the Greek flag, homosexuals, etc.) that was anti-Greek and anti-national.
Even though most anti-nationalist (and especially anti-Fascist/anti-National Socialist)propaganda tries to brand nationalists/Fascists/National Socialists as nothing more than disillusioned youths, the program made a point that Golden Dawn was compromised of three main age groups: the youth (15-19 years olds or thereabouts, I think), the middle-aged (20-35 year olds, or something like that), and the elderly. When it showed recordings of Golden Dawn demonstrators, you could see 20-30 year-olds and elderly men (50-60 year-old guys) taking part in the rallies. I think, again unintentionally to the program's goals, that this helped legitimize Golden Dawn.
Usually, after a point about something was made by nationalists, the program tried to refute it. Before some questions were asked, various "discrediting facts" were sometimes brought up. Like when the guy was asked about the "Holocaust", it had just shown recordings of Jews with a voiceover talking about how all of Europe (the world?) recognizes the "Holocaust" or something like that. Another example is when the program made it clear how Hellenic Front and Golden Dawn were not at all friendly. Right after that, it tried to link them ideologically by their common denouncement of illegal immigration.
In the end, I think this program actually had unimagined detrimental effects to the Left, even though this was definitely not its goal or expected outcome. Considering how just about every single "anti-Fascist" interviewer spoke about how it was "wrong to be racist against homosexuals", I think that most Greeks watching would be somewhat appalled to hear such things. After all, even though most Greeks are without a doubt Leftists, most of them still harbor very conservative views concerning homosexuality. Seeing nationalists implicitly denounce homosexuality may have even made a few of the Leftist viewers question their loyalties to the Left.
I think that the producers of this documentary took a Western prototype when making it, assuming most viewers were Liberals who believed in "gay rights" and were against conservative values. However, they failed to get the nationalist speakers to say self-damaging things with the result that the speakers seemed intelligent (and indeed were intelligent) --this is in contrast to Western documentaries which always include self-harming, fanatical, and emotionalist statements coming from the mouths of Neo-Nazis.
The program ended with cuts between a Golden Dawn nationalist rally and a far-Left anti-Fascist/anti-Junta/anti-racist rally. If this wasn't coming from the Greek media, and hadn't been supportive of the Left, it would have almost seemed as if the creators of the documentary were trying to say both groups -- as different as they are -- were both extremists in the end.