Neo-Nazi lawmakers ejected from Greek parliament briefing

Protesters shout slogans during a rally organized by the extreme right Golden Dawn party against plans to build a new transit camp for refugees and migrants in the western Athens' suburb of Schisto, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS: Three lawmakers of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn were ejected from a parliamentary committee briefing Wednesday after insulting the defense minister and the head of the army, officials said.

Christos Pappas, Ilias Kasidiaris and a third unnamed lawmaker were ejected "for using racist language towards migrants, the defense minister and the government," parliament deputy chairman Kostas Douzinas, who oversaw the meeting, told AFP.

The closed-doors meeting had been called to brief parliamentary parties of Greece's decision to approve a German plan to deploy NATO units against migrant traffickers in the Aegean Sea.

According to reports, the neo-Nazi lawmakers called Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, the head of staff and the deputies of other parties "traitors" and "Filipino servants of the migrants."

Golden Dawn's lawmakers have repeatedly used offensive language in parliament towards the representatives of other parties.

The party's founder Nikos Michaloliakos, Pappas, Kassidiaris and several other senior cadres are on trial in connection with the murder of a leftist rapper by a Golden Dawn member in 2013.





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