Members of the Greek extreme right Golden Dawn party hold red flares outside the town hall
Members of the Greek extreme right Golden Dawn party hold red flares outside the town hall of Perama town, near Athens, during an election campaign rally April 23, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Greece has cut off state funding for the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party in keeping with a law that requires the punishment of parties accused of criminal activities.

Parliament voted 241-26 on Wednesday to suspend the funding. Five lawmakers abstained and 28 were absent.

Authorities cracked down on Golden Dawn after the fatal stabbing of a Greek musician in August. A party supporter has been charged with murder.

Golden Dawn's leader and two other of its 18 lawmakers were jailed in September, charged with membership in a criminal organization. Their cases are not directly linked with the killing.

The party's leadership has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, and it was once marginal. But recent polls have made it Greece's third most popular party, thanks in part to the country's economic crisis.