Skip to comments.Mayor of Greek city hospitalized after mob attack
Posted on 05/20/2018 5:00:28 AM PDT by BBell
The mayor of Greeces second-largest city, Thessaloniki, was treated in hospital after he was beaten up by nationalist extremists. Mayor Boutaris had been at an event commemorating the killing of ethnic Greeks by Turks.
Boutaris was being escorted from an event that commemorated the massacre of Black Sea Greeks, when members of the crowd turned violent.
Footage showed the 75-year-old Thessaloniki mayor being heckled by dozens of people as he left the event on Saturday evening. Bottles were thrown at Boutaris, who is known for his strong anti-nationalist stance, before he fell down and was kicked and punched in the head and legs.
"They were hitting me everywhere. Kicks, punches, the lot," Boutaris told state agency ANA Sunday. "It was a despicable attack, but I am well."
Some attackers tried to smash the window's of Boutaris' car as he was driven away.
Praise for Turkish leader
A controversial figure in Greek politics, Boutaris has often upset nationalist hardliners with conciliatory statements about Macedonia and Turkey.
Boutaris once hailed the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk as a "great leader." He also made placatory statements about the use of the name Macedonia by Greece's northern neighbor, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Thessaloniki lies in the region of Macedonia and Thrace, and has been the site of clashes between nationalists and leftists in recent months.
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Kemal Ataturk was a great leader for Turkey, by Muslim country standards. Erdogan needs an acute bout of pancreatitis.
Thessaloniki is not like Athens...further to the north and I would describe it as a different environment when compared to the island or Athens itself. Up until the late 1930s, this was a thriving area. They were set back probably thirty years when the Nazis arrived. Great location to land...rent a car...and just drive around for a week, with no worries about crime or anti-Americanism.
“Nationalism seems to be running a bit higher in some of these countries that have been over run by refugees and asylum seekers.”
If you want to protect your country you’re an ‘extremist’.
I am amazed that Turkish military leaders didnt take Erdogan out. He had so many of them killed. Seems they would have removed him first.
The fact that he got elected mayor must mean that Thessalonica is moonbat liberal, like San Francisco here.
The current Muslim invasion and the past Turkish massacres are sides of the same coin — Muslim aggression. The current invasion is more pressing now though.
It's no different from in the US. We elect President Trump, and the (not so) Invisible Hand does everything it can to destroy his Presidency. Now, EU leaders are for all purposes telling countries they can't break away from their unelected monstrosity.
I don't see how this ends well unless more countries very quickly get leaders such as President Trump and the government of Hungary.
Ataturk’s legacy of a secular Western-leaning Turkey has been thoroughly subverted by the wildly Islamist Erdogan.
Ataturk banned the fez, converted written Turkish from Arabic script to the Latin alphabet, liberated women to wearing Western clothing, and most of all crushed the power of Islam to the extent of abolishing the Caliphate and later turning Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum
However, it’s hard for Greeks to celebrate Ataturk after he demolished Smyrna & expelled the Greeks from Asia Minor. And it was secular Turkey which occupies half of Cyprus to this day.
The nationalists should not be beating up an old man because he disagrees with them; they should be beating the hell out of the thousands of Muslim invaders that are infesting their country.
All politicians should have a healthy fear of this sort of thing.
Youtube video of attack
Especially Democrats, activist judges and RINOS.
True. It’s closer to Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania than Athens.
This is not nationalism.. to beat up a 75 year old man.. it’s thugocracy.
“In his youth he was associated with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).”
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