Member of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party holds flag bearing party logo during election campaign rally in Athens
Member of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party holds flag bearing party logo during election campaign rally in Athens

The spokesman for Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, who assaulted two woman MPs in a live TV broadcast and was reportedly hiding from police in party HQ, has sued the women as well as the television channel that hosted the news show where the assault took place.

Ilias Kasidiaris, 31, has taken out a lawsuit against Rena Dourou of Syriza (the Coalition of the Radical Left) and Liana Kanelli of the Communist Party (KKE) for unprovoked insults and against Antenna TV for illegal detention.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Kasidiaris after he threw water at Dourou and slapped Kanelli three times. Both assaults were broadcast to a shocked audience of the discussion programme.

He argues he was provoked by insults during the television show and that Kanelli hit him first with a newspaper.

Attempts to hold him in a room in the station's building after the altercation failed when he managed to break through the door and get away.

He has also sued a journalist at Antenna for "instigation to abuse of power" for allegedly provoking a prosecutor to order his arrest.

Golden Dawn chief Nikos Michaloliakos claimed Kanelli attacked Kasidiaris first and that the incident had been blown up out of proportion.

The party placed an embargo on its representatives speaking to the press.

Golden Dawn has appealed to growing nationalist sentiment after harsh austerity measures demanded by the European Union and the IMF helped plunge Greece into economic turmoil.

The party's main policy is to get rid of all illegal immigrants.

The European Jewish Congress has called on European governments to ban the extremist party, expressing concerns about Michaloliakos's remarks on Nazi concentration camps.

The party leader claimed that the camps did not use gas chambers and ovens to exterminate Jews.