Video: Greek neo-Nazi MP punches female communist MP in TV debate

AFP , Thursday 7 Jun 2012

Greek MP from neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn punches female communist KKE party MP after throwing water on another female, member of the leftist Syriza party

Athens prosecutors have ordered the arrest of a deputy from Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after he punched a female communist MP during a live TV debate on Thursday, a judicial source said.

Ilias Kasidiaris threw a glass of water at Rena Dourou from the leftist Syriza party before striking Liana Kanelli from the communist KKE party three times.

Kasidiaris threw the water at Dourou after she brought up his alleged involvement in an armed robbery in 2007. A court case on the robbery was on Wednesday adjourned to June 11.

He then assaulted Kanelli after she stood up to protest.

A journalist from the TV channel said that employees attempted to keep Kasidiaris on the premises but that he had left.

The debate took place in the run-up to the June 17 election.

Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) sent shockwaves through Europe by winning seats in parliament in May 6 elections, the first time that the far-right has been represented since the end of Greece's military junta in 1974.

Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos has said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz and has questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.

He has also proposed mining the Greek-Turkish border to keep out illegal immigrants.

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