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March protests immigrant's slaying in Greece

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

Golden Dawn, the ultra-right party running on an explicitly anti-immigrant platform, entered Parliament for the first time last June, polling nearly 7 percent of the vote and capitalizing on locals' resentment over a largely uncontrolled influx of immigrants that they blame for rising joblessness and crime.

Golden Dawn won only 0.29 percent of the vote in a 2009 national election, but the next year it secured a seat at the Athens City Council, polling well in neighborhoods with large immigrant populations. As its following has since grown, the party has tried to distance itself from its neo-Nazi roots, emphasizing its "patriotic" ideology.

Two Greek men in their 20s have been charged with Luqman's murder. They have admitted carrying out the killing but said their attack was the unfortunate result of an unintended escalation of a heated argument that started when Luqman's bicycle blocked the motorbike they were riding on.

But police sources said the suspects had taken off their motorbike's license plate and that a search of one of the suspect's houses found Golden Dawn pamphlets and that several knives turned up in both their homes. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly about the investigation.