Thursday, May 10, 2012

WordPress takes down the website of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn; violation of service claimed

The website of the extreme right political party Golden Dawn is offline this morning (afternoon Athens time), having been taken down by WordPress. The party, often referred to as being neo-Nazi, had won nearly 7 percent of the vote in the Greek election on Sunday, and because of its achievement, is set to enter parliament for the first time ever.


According to the page uploaded to replace the Golden Dawn website, WordPress is claiming a violation of service. But the party was able to quickly launch a brand new website, also using WordPress, but at a new URL (xagr.wordpress.com).

Golden Dawn was widely criticized for requiring journalists to stand as their party entered the room for a press conference following the election. Anyone not standing for the politician was forced to leave. The Athens News also is mentioning that Golden Dawn had threatened a journalist, telling her (in German, no less) 'Kommt Zeit, kommt Rat, kommt Attentat!' ('Cometh the hour, cometh the man, will attack!').

Whether WordPress is responding to a petition started by the organization Change.org is unknown, though, Golden Dawn on its new website refers to "the international factors" behind the "attack" on the party.

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