Dear friends of the Cartoon Movement,
We are inviting you to collaborate on a joint initiative of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation-Office in Greece and HumanRights360 concerning the trial of Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi party in Greece. In support of this cause, we invite you to visit Greece— all travel expenses can be covered.
In September 2013, immediately after the murder of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas, the Greek Police arrested the leadership of Golden Dawn, as well as tens of its party officials and members who were involved in criminal activities documented and detailed in an extensive case file. Since 2015, 69 Golden Dawn leaders and members have been charged with participation in a criminal organisation and are standing trial—the largest such trial in Europe since World War II.
The Golden Dawn trial has brought to light dozens of racist crimes, mostly against migrants and refugees. However, the full extent of its criminal and racist activity is not adequately known. At the same time, and in spite of the tireless efforts of civil society in Greece (especially through the initiative Golden Dawn Watch), the trial has not been adequately covered by the Greek media, leading to a severe lack of public awareness on the issue. HumanRights360 and Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s “X them out” campaign was launched in an effort to draw attention to the trial with the aid of visual and comic artists.
We are now at a turning point, entering what hopefully will be the last year of the trial. At the end of this month, the defense pleas are scheduled to begin. It will be the first time that leading members of Golden Dawn will appear in court to answer for their crimes. We are thus turning to you for support in order to draw the widest possible national and international attention to this process. Since AV recording is not permitted in the courtroom, we are inviting artists to attend the trial and depict the plea process, in order to both create a historical archive of this process and make use of all available media in order to shine a spotlight on Golden Dawn’s criminal activity.
Please feel free to circulate this invitation among your members!
For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
Eleni Takou, HumanRights360, tel, +30 6937114647, email: email@example.com