ATHENS – The rampaging anarchists from Rouvikonas, showing up Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ backing off on support for Palestinians, scaled the gates of the Greek Foreign Ministry in the Capital on Aug. 28, protesting the deaths of Palestinians killed in clashes with the Israeli Army.
They left a bag containing a Palestinian flag and photographs of people killed in the conflict, said Kathimerini, the latest in scores of assaults on a number of targets, including offices of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA which had supported the Palestinians before Tsipras instead moved to tighten relations with Israel and gain business and energy deals and investors.
A video of the incident, posted on anti-authoritarian websites, showed people climbing over the gate and leaving the bag in a laneway between buildings.
In a statement accompanying the video, the group said the bag also contained “photographs of the dead from the last episode in the genocide of a people on the occasion of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by another long-time strategic ally of the Greek state, the US”.
The major opposition New Democracy said the “invasion” of the embassy showed that nothing was safe in SYRIZA-ruled Greece.
“After the Defense Ministry and the embassies, now an invasion of the Foreign Ministry in the heart of Athens! Nothing works in the SYRIZA era. Nothing can be considered safe,” party foreign affairs spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos said.
Before taking power in January, 2015, Tsipras had condemned Israel for its actions in Gaza and said its’ “brutality cannot be tolerated,” but, as he did in reneging on anti-austerity promises, he turned on the Palestinians to get cozy with Israel.