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Greece's looming civil conflict

By Mike Banfield  

Anti-Nazi graffiti in central Athens (photo: Mike Banfield)

Costas Tsiamanis, a 40-year-old pharmacist, is telling me his story in a café in Agios Panteleimonas, the area of Athens where he grew up: how and why he became a member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

Tsiamanis recounts how he joined others in his neighbourhood in 2008 to clear the immigrants from the main square. He “had to do something,” he says. The area was “covered” with immigrants who were “involved…

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