ATHENS – The major opposition New Democracy condemned an anarchist’s group assault on the office of lawmaker Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the latest in a spike of violence across Greece’s capital city the party blamed on the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
“What more, one wonders, needs to happen for the government to realize its obvious responsibilities?” the party said in a statement.
Some 15-30 assailants poured into the building in the center of the city, spray-painting slogans and scattering fliers to show support for jailed November 17 terrorist and assassin mastermind Dimitris Koufodinas, who’s on a hunger strike demanding vacations and that prosecutors can’t stop him from getting regular breaks from prison.
Varvitsiotis said that the attackers fled after a guard fired a warning shot in the air. No injuries were reported. There was no indication where the bullet landed but in the past shots fired in the air have come down to kill people. He put a video of it on Twitter.
The notorious group Rouvikonas backs Koufodinas and wants terrorists and all others released from jail, a notion ironically supported by anarchist and terrorist sympathizers within SYRIZA.
Investigators immediately began looking into the incident which happened in the wealthy enclave of Kolonaki and were to question the guard for using his weapon, said Kathimerini.
Police sources told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency the office next to the lawmaker includes an association of judges and prosecutors, and had its lock broken, suggesting that it may have been a target as well.
Tsipras, said critics, is looking the other way as violence soared against a number of targets, including foreign embassies, Parliament, the Defense Ministry and other symbols regarded by the anarchists as Capitalist.
They’re angry he renege on anti-austerity measures and pounded workers, pensioners and the poor while letting politicians, oligarchs, the rich and tax cheats largely escape a more than eight-year long economic crisis.