Sacred Band (Ieros Lochos)

(Greek: Ιερός Λόχος 2012, translated “Sacred Band 2012”, is a smaller nationalist organization, based in Thessaloniki. Founded in 2012, the group attracted publicity when its members attempted to stop the Thessaloniki Pride march in June 2017 and to interrupt a theatre play of Fernando Pessoa’s “The Hour of the Devil”. Ieros Lochos was also implicated with the attack against Yiannis Boutaris in 2018, then mayor of Thessaloniki. The group has evidently good relations with leading figures of Golden Dawn.