The trial of 69 Golden Dawn members, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and numerous MPs, is due to begin today at a special courtroom in Korydallos prison, chosen for security reasons. Golden Dawn is accused of being a neo-Nazi party of right-wing thugs, xenophobes and anti-Semites. It was voted third largest party in Greece’s Parliament in the last election of January 25, receiving 6.28% of the electoral vote, with 17 seats.

The party’s leader and 68 other people, including the party’s remaining 16 lawmakers as well as supporters and police officers are facing trial. Most are charged with membership in a criminal organization, with others accused of murder, racist violence and weapons possession. The trial is expected to last more than a year.

The trial began this morning and was adjourned until May 7 amid reports of attacks on witnesses.