Nationalist mob attack Thessaloniki mayor at remembrance ceremony (VIDEO)
GreekNewsOnDemand.com comments: This is a message to Ruptly and RT (Russia Today): Do us Greeks all a favor…AND SHUT THE FUCK UP with your patently obvious LEFTIST/COMMUNIST SPIN and SLANT here. Unless of course you all want to really act as journalists should and report…UNBIASEDLY here. Let’s, for example, start with this first video of the mayor of Thessaloniki who in a recent interview said “I don’t give a shit if Kemal Ataturk killed Pontian Greeks” and then maybe you’ll understand why all those “evil nationalist Greeks” went to beat up the freak Giannis Boutaris…
Boutaris, who is known for his anti-nationalist views, was attending a flag-lowering ceremony to commemorate the Pontic genocide – the massacre of Pontic Greeks by Turks during World War I and the Greek-Turkish war.
Protesters called for him to leave the event and subsequently attacked the mayor with bottles, according to city officials.
Boutaris was taken to hospital as a precaution. “It was a nightmare. There were several people that attacked me. They were hitting me everywhere,” he told The Greek Reporter. “They were not Pontians. Pontians are my friends,” he added.
The attack has been condemned by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza party, who have described the perpetrators as “far-right bullies who have to face the consequences of their actions.” The main opposition party, New Democracy, also condemned the attack and called on the perpetrators to be “arrested immediately.”
Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis took to Twitter to describe the attack as “shameful,” and voice concerns that it “openly threatens democracy and society.”