ELAM (Cyprus)
ELAM the National Popular Front (Greek
Greek language
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: Εθνικό Λαϊκό Μέτωπο, Ethniko Laiko Metopo), is a nationalist movement founded in 2008 in the Republic of Cyprus
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. It describes its ideology
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 as "popular and social nationalism" and promoting Greek nationalism
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. The Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Mail
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 describes it as an "extreme right wing party", as "ultra right-wing". The Antifascist Initiative uses the words "far right, nationalist and racist organisation" and "neo-Nazi gang".


The movement has been the subject of controversy in the Cypriot media and the broader political scene. It has been repeatedly accused of promoting racism and being involved in acts of violence. In July 2010 it was reported that after the condemnation ceremonies against the Turkish invasion of 1974 in the 20th of July, people with ELAM t-shirts had attacked a Nigerian man in Makariou street in Nicosia.

On November 5, 2010, violent clashes between a large crowd of right-wing nationalist movement ELAM and participants took place at the 13th annual Rainbow multicultural festival in Larnaca. ELAM attacked the festival goers, while shouting racist slogans against Turks, Jews and Muslims, migrants, as well as against activists of the antiracist NGO KISA.

On December 28, 2010, the ELAM organized a march against Turkish Cypriots and migrants.

On the 19th of March in 2011, eyewitnesses reported that members of ELAM beat up a lottery seller in Lidras street in Nicosia after a disagreement in political views.

However, ELAM has officially opposed its association with the incidents mentioned, noticing that no ELAM member has been convicted for the specific crimes, further accusing the media for intentionally connecting the movement with the beatings.

Electoral results

ELAM took part in the parliamentary elections of May 2011
Cypriot legislative election, 2011
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 and got 4,354 votes (1.08%).


Its manifesto proclaims that the movement promotes a strict anti-federalist solution concerning the Cyprus dispute
Cyprus dispute
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, a zero-toleration anti-immigration policy against illegal immigration
Illegal immigration
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, and Hellenistic education.
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