- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
If Greece’s Golden Dawn party is looking to change its prevailing image as a cadre of neo-Nazi thugs, spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris evidently didn’t get the memo:
What was a heated debate over the June 17 elections descended into chaos when Kasidiaris threw a glass of water at the female leftist party member, Rena Dourou, calling her a "joke".
As other participants watched in stunned silence, Communist party deputy Liana Kanelli intervened on her behalf, throwing a newspaper at Kasidiaris, who called her a "commie", stood up, pushed her and hit her hard in the face.
Kasidiaris was locked in a room in the TV studio but broke down the door and escaped police are now looking for him.
This isn’t the first incident of on-camera violent intimidation by Golden Dawn. In a press conference after the party’s surprise victory in the May elections, guards forcibly expelled journalists who refused to stand for party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos.