LAOS is a Greek political party widely vilified for its extreme anti-semitic and homophobic views.
In 2004, when the party joined UKIP's Independence & Democracy group, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre began expressing an interest. This was renewed in 2009, when the renowned Nazi-hunters asked for information on UKIP's current political vehicle, the EFD group. LAOS fascists also sit in this group.
The following is an extract from a paper presented to the Wiesenthal Centre in 2010.
Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS)
Controversial Greek politician and leader of LAOS, Georgios Karatzaferis, was a member and vice-president of the Ind Dem group, forerunner of the EFD, in the European Parliament (2004-2007). He appears to retain not only party, but also personal links to his former colleagues. In May 2010, a delegation of EFD members and staff visited Athens, where they met with Karatzaferis and others. (24)
In 2000, Karatzaferis claimed that the Protocols of Zion were being put into effect and that:
"the Pope and the Jews are conspiring against Greece". (25)
Also in 2000, "The New World Order means that we are a puppet at the hands of the Jews... The Global government has taken place in Europe. The common currency too! They are dancing it to their tune. Do you know what kind of money the Jews are profiteering with these ups and downs? We are being led to the fulfillment of targets set 200 years ago." (ibid)
In 2001, the rhetoric became more menacing:
"The Jews have no right to provoke, because they have filled the world with crimes". "The Jews have no legitimacy to speak in Greece and provoke the political world. Their impudence is crass". He also challenged the Israeli ambassador to come and debate "the Holocaust, the Auschwitz and Dachau myth". Karatzaferis finished by asking "Mister Jew ambassador" to "be a bit careful" and warning "the Jews" that if Greek Jews continue their "insolent behaviour" (as in their response to Karatzaferis's earlier claims that "the Jews" were responsible for 9/11) they were "not going to have a pleasant time." (26) The US State Department, in its Annual Report on Religious Freedoms in 2005, singled out LAOS, and its leader (and then MEP) Giorgos Karatzaferis, for promoting “radical nationalism, anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia”.
LAOS has two representatives in the EFD group, Niki Tzaveli (vice-chair of the group), and Nikolaos Salavrakos, a former legal adviser to LAOS. In fact, for the purposes of representation in the European Parliament, the party is styled Laikos Orthodoxos Synagermos - G. Karatzaferis.
Adonis Georgiadis, a LAOS Member of the Greek Parliament, has attracted criticism for his literary activities. A writer and publisher, he has been accused of promoting a book, Jews: the whole truth, by Konstantinos Plevris, himself a former LAOS member, which describes Jews as "subhuman" (p.582). Plevris is critical of the Nazi regime for "not ridding Europe of Jewish Zionism", and states that Jews should be "rounded-up and executed within 24 hours" (p.742). Plevris, who describes himself in his book as a "Nazi" (p.600) also claims that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is a "descendant of cannibals".
As if it were not disgusting enough that UKIP sits in a political group with this filth, just a few weeks ago we had the spectacle of Nigel Farage addressing young members of this fascist party. This is absolute proof of Farage's realignment of UKIP in Europe as an extreme-right party.
As was mentioned in a previous post - our grandfathers fought a war against fascist scum like them - and Farage would appear to now be one of "them". Here is the evidence: