Greek mayor Yiannis Boutaris hospitalised after 'far-right' attack

A maverick politician, Boutaris has repeatedly angered hardliners in Greece with controversial statements on Macedonia, Turkey and Israel.

Published: 20th May 2018 03:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2018 03:38 PM   |  A+A-

By AFP

THESSALONIKI (GREECE): The mayor of Greece's second city Thessaloniki was hospitalised early Sunday after an assault by suspected far-right members at a rally, officials said.

Yiannis Boutaris, 75, had to be escorted from an event commemorating the massacre of Black Sea Greeks in Turkey during and after World War I when members of the crowd turned violent.

"They were hitting me everywhere. Kicks, punches, the lot," Boutaris told state agency ANA Sunday.

"It was a despicable attack, but I am well."

Footage from the event shows Boutaris initially being heckled. As he starts to leave, people start throwing objects at him and he falls to the ground. Some of the attackers tried to break the windows of his car as it sped off.

The office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the attackers were "far-right thugs."

A maverick politician, Boutaris has repeatedly angered hardliners in Greece with controversial statements on Macedonia, Turkey and Israel.

Among them is calling Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish state and a hate figure in Greece, a "great leader".

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  • Andrew

    Utterly disgusting and shows what the far right can do to a 75 year old man! I would also like to add that the Kingdom of Greece
    1 year ago reply
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