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Greek doctor arrested for inciting hatred

March 2, 2014

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece say a 57-year-old neurologist has been arrested for inciting racial hatred and weapons possession.

The doctor, who has not been named, has acknowledged he is a member of the extreme right Golden Dawn party.

Police intervened when informed that the doctor had put a plaque outside his office which said, in German, “Jews Not Welcome.”

A search at the doctor’s house retrieved 12 knives and three daggers, two inscribed with Nazi symbols, as well as pills without a prescription.

Golden Dawn, a formerly marginal Nazi-inspired party, entered Greek parliament at the last election in 2012 on an anti-immigrant platform.

About 95 percent of Thessaloniki’s almost 50,000-strong Jewish community at the start of the German World War II occupation perished in extermination camps.

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