Greek Finance Minister assaulted by Anarchists at Restaurant in Athens

Greek Finance Minister Insulted by Anarchists at Restaurant in Athens © AFP 2015/ Louisa Gouliamaki

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Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis and his wife were assaulted by anarchists during their dinner in the Exarchia area of Athens, known as a home for Greek anarchists.

A group of about 30 young people verbally insulted Yanis Varoufakis and his wife Danae Stratou as they were dining at a restaurant in central Athens on Tuesday evening.

The incident happened in the Exarchia area of the capital, a neighborhood, well-known as a home for Greek anarchists.

According to the minister, neither he nor his wife have suffered any injuries as the crowd apparently had no intention of physically attacking them.

“Despite any speculations, it was neither a planned attack or otherwise attempt to seriously injure, nor a provocation as part of the recent policy against me,” said the politician.

The argument initially started inside the restaurant but after Danae Stratou interfered, the anarchists had to leave the building, They however continued their insults when the couple left the restaurant and were going home.

“Their purpose, I think, was not physically attack us, because if they wanted to injure me, they had every chance as they outnumbered us. I think they wanted to force me to escape,” Varoufakis said.
The minister said that the incident reminded him of early 2000, when he resided and taught in the area and experienced similar insults from the anarchists.

Anarchists often stage disorders in this area of Athens, clashing with police and rallying against establishment.

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