ATHENS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ruled out on Saturday the prospect of snap general elections amidst an unprecedented clampdown on Greek far-Right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party two weeks after the fatal stabbing of a Leftist activist by a party supporter.
"Justice and stability will prevail, there will be no elections," Samaras said in a short statement to media at the end of a meeting on developments shortly before departing for the U.S. for an official visit.
The arrest of Golden Dawn party chief Nikos Michaloliakos, five party legislators and a dozen of other party members since Saturday morning on charges of setting up a criminal gang raised questions in Athens whether the country could be led to polls within a few weeks.
Government officials and experts of Constitutional Law stressed that despite the arrests, Golden Dawn deputies retain their seats in parliament until any conviction in court.
The party holds 18 seats in the 300 member strong assembly after last year's general elections, when it entered the parliament for first time gaining ground due to peoples' anger at the handling of the debt crisis by mainstream parties.
Political analysts in Athens noted that this is the first time since the restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974 after a seven-year military rule that a political party's leadership is detained.
According to police and judicial sources more than 30 arrest warrants have been issued on Saturday for Golden Dawn party members.
Party officers who have not been apprehended insist that Golden Dawn has no connection to the murder of Pavlos Fyssas on September 18 at Piraeus court nor any other criminal activities. They called for a protest outside police headquarters in Athens on Saturday afternoon.
All other political parties represented in the parliament welcomed the ongoing operation, calling on the government to decisevely counter far- Right extremist violence.
Golden Dawn party members have been in numerous times involved in various attacks against Left political opponents and immigrants. Fyssas was the first Greek citizen who died during this wave of dozens of violent hits.
His death was followed by a round of anti-fascist protests and strong reactions by political leaders and Greek society. Golden Dawn's popularity plummeted immediately after the incident.
ATHENS, Sept.28 (Xinhua) -- Greek far-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and several party members were arrested on Saturday on charges of forming a criminal organization. Full story