Sunday, May 20, 2018
Greece: Nationalist mob beats Thessaloniki mayor
20 May 2018
Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris was beaten by an angry mob after he attended a 'Pontic Genocide' commemoration event in the Grecian city on Saturday.
According to reports, Boutaris was attending a flag-lowering ceremony commemorating the massacre of Pontic Greeks by Turks during WWI and the Greek-Turkish war, when a dozen people thought to be nationalist extremists told him to leave the event before lashing out at him.
The 75-year-old, who is known for his anti-nationalist position, fell to the floor where he was kicked. Boutaris was reportedly taken to hospital following the incident with head, back and leg injuries