At a flag lowering ceremony to commemorate the “Pontic Genocide”, which took place during WWI at the hands of the Turks, the mayor of Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, was encircled by more than a dozen people who proceeded to throw bottles at him and kick him all over his body as told by BBC.
“Yiannis Boutaris, 75, was kicked in the head and legs and beaten with bottles by a group of nationalists angry over his appearance at a remembrance event.
Ms Goula, who was also attending the event, described seeing several men throw bottles at Mr Boutaris and kicking the mayor in the head and legs after he had
“It was a nightmare,” Mr Boutaris was quoted by the Greek Reporter website as saying.
“There were several people that attacked me. They were hitting me everywhere.”
The mayor’s aides helped to get him away from the attackers, and take him to hospital where he was reportedly kept in overnight.”
The attackers seem to have been nationalists who were angry at Boutaris over his anit-nationalist stance. Of course, all the other politicians across the country were quick to condemn the attack. But one question one has to ask is, “if this isn’t an example of a failed state then what is?” This demonstrates the common disgust for the status quo held by the population.