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

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