Everybody was stunned in Greece listening to Minister for Citizens’ Protection, Christos Papoutsis, declaring attacks against his family. While he was speaking at the Transparency Commission of the Parliament on Tuesday, Papoutsis said: “Warning all these immorals I say: hands off my wife and child”. With reference to the recent verbal and physical attacks against governing party PASOK lawmakers who voted in favor of the Mid-Term Austerity Programme, Papoutsis stated that “he was never impressed or has he ever adopted anybody ideological or and political terrorism.”
He asked all the political parties to declare whether they adopt the practices of film director Dimitris Kollatos, who together with his movement “Door-to-Door” organizes protest actions in front of the houses of politicians.
More than 15 incidents occurred in recent days with citizens verbally and/or physically attacking PASOK lawmakers. Governing party officials have been accusing left-wing party SYRIZA as organizers of the attacks, and musician Mikis Theodorakis as the instigator. Just yesterday, a group of people gathered outside the Chamber of Commerce in Xanthi waiting deputy Minister for Periphery Development, Socratis Xynidis. When Xynidis arrived they crowd welcomed him with boos. When he left the building some hours later the protesters threw yogurts and eggs against him.
While the majority of MPs fall victim fro voting in favor of Mid-Term Programme, one lawmakers stunned the public and the government as he was put under life-threatening pressure to vote in favor. Alekos Athanasiadis told a local TV network that he received threatening phone calls and pressure in order to vote in favor. He said the phone calls were anonymous and that some even came from abroad. Athanasiadis was declaring that he would vote against the Mid-Term Austerity but in a last-minute gesture he voted YES. Later on that day, he was attacked by anti-austerity protesters while he was walking near Syntagma Square.