Hooded men brutally beat former Greek minister Varufakis

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varufakis. EL MUNDO NEWSPAPER / M. KARAGIANNIS 163

Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varufakis was attacked last night by several hooded in the Athenian neighborhood of exarchiaas reported by his left-wing political formation.

Apparently, a group of people discovered that the 61-year-old politician was in a restaurant in that neighborhood known for its leftist opposition movements and they began to insult him.

When Varufakis went out several hooded men threw him to the ground, kicked him and punched him in the face. The former minister was treated at a hospital for a broken nose.

The incident took place while the former minister was having dinner in the central Athens neighborhood of exarchia with various European colleagues from his Democracy in Europe 2025 Movement.

Despite the fact that Varoufakis tried to calm the situation by engaging in a dialogue with the assailants, his efforts “were immediately met with violence and they began to savagely attack him while they were recording the scene,” according to the statement from the former minister’s movement.

Shortly after, Varoufakis has assured that his attackers “were hired thugs” who “invoked the lie” that he had “sold out to the troika”. “We are not going to let them divide us”, he has written on his Twitter account. “We are moving forward!” He added, before thanking the Greek public health workers for the medical attention received after the assault.

The neighborhood of Exarchia, in Athens.  (Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times)
The neighborhood of Exarchia, in Athens. (Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times)

Varoufakis has also declared that the individuals, masked at the time of the assault, did not seem to belong to “any anarchist group” or any other political group, despite the fact that Exarchia is a neighborhood well known in the capital and the country for being a caldera. of ideological movements, mainly anarchists or associated with it.

Meanwhile, participants from across the political spectrum have in unison condemned the assault, starting with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. “Violence has no place in our democracy and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect our political culture”, she has made it known to her.

Varufakis himself thanked this morning on Twitter for the solidarity shown to him after the attack and denied that the attackers were anarchists or leftists. Rather, he maintained, they were “thugs” who had accused him of betraying Greece during the 2015 debt crisis, when he was finance minister in the Syriza government.

“They were not anarchists, leftists, communists or members of any movement. It was hired thugs (and it seemed so) who clumsily invoked the lie that I sold out to the troika. We will not let them divide us,” Varufakis wrote on Twitter.

your party, mera25He called the attack “fascist.” The economist is now a deputy and his formation has a voting intention of 3.5% in the polls.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis; SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras; the spokesman for the socialist PASOK, Dimitris Manzos; the parliamentary spokesman of the Communist Party Nikos Karathanasopoulos and the leader of the Hellenic Solution Kyriakos Velopoulos also condemned the incident, according to the Greek newspaper ‘Kathimerini’ in its online edition.

(Coinformation from EFE and Europa Press)

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