Supreme Court Prosecutor launched an investigation into the homophobic remarks made by the re-elected Mayor of Volos, Achilleas Beos, against Stefanos Kasselakis, the leader of Greece’s main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA.
After securing re-election with 55.02% on Sunday, Beos addressed his supporters with vulgar remarks against Kasselakis and thus live on TV.
“Our country has been governed by doctors and lawyers who have impoverished our homeland and its people. Instead of journalists addressing substantive matters, they are focused on Kasselakis. He said that because he doesn’t know how to treat girls he will adopt two boys. So what do you want to say? That the rest of us, Greeks, will adopt children and produce f**s? Is this the state of my homeland? What kind of progressives are you?” Beos said while the crowd was laughing and cheering.
Beos was referring to Kasselakis’ statement a few days ago that he wants to have two boys with his partner.
Prompt was Kasselakis’ reaction who said that justice should intervene.
Monday morning the prosecutor intervened indeed and the ordered investigation is being conducted under the provisions of Greece’s anti-racism legislation.
Kassellakis is openly gay and has also a civil partnership contract with his partner.
SYRIZA has called on PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis to condemn Beos’ homophobic rant.
Monday morning and following the outrage Beos appeared unrepentant, repeated the word “f@@s” and told ANT! TV:
“”If some people were offended by the word f**s, then I take it back,” he said adding that he was referring only to Kasselakis.