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The People's Association – Golden Dawn, usually known simply as Golden Dawn, is a right-wing extremist political organization and political party in Greece. It is led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos. Scholars and media describe it as neo-Nazi and fascist, though the group rejects these labels, Members have expressed admiration of former dictator Ioannis Metaxas, who ruled Greece during World War II. They have also made use of Nazi symbolism, and have praised figures of Nazi Germany in the past. According to academic sources, the group is racist and xenophobic, while the party's leader has openly identified it as nationalist and racist. Michaloliakos began the foundations of what would become Golden Dawn in 1980. It first received widespread attention in 1991, and in 1993 registered as a political party. It temporarily ceased political operations in 2005 and was absorbed by the Patriotic Alliance. The Alliance, in turn, ceased operations after Michaloliakos withdrew support in the spring of 2007. Golden Dawn held its sixth congress, in March 2007, where party officials announced the resumption of political activism. At local elections on November 7, 2010 Golden Dawn got 5.3 percent of the vote in the municipality of Athens, winning a seat at the City Council. In some neighbourhoods with large immigrant communities it even reached 20 percent. (via Freebase)