PM Tsipras calls Thessaloniki mayor in wake of attack against him

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on the telephone on Monday and wished him a speedy recovery after the assault against him on Saturday.

The prime minister, who spoke with Boutaris early on Monday morning, told a later cabinet meeting that Boutaris considered the attack against him “staged” and not a spontaneous outburst.

“It grieves me to report that the mayor of Thessaloniki essentially denounces a not spontaneous but staged event. An orchestrated attack against him by marginal elements but also people who are involved in politics, how are in the public eye, and who many times don’t form a part of the marginal rabble of far-right elements,” Tsipras said.

Tsipras informed Boutaris of the four arrests made by police and assured him that the incident will be dealt with by the government with the utmost severity, “with the mobilisation on our part of all the mechanisms of democracy.”

Boutaris was violently assaulted, both physically and verbally, when he attended a remembrance ceremony for the Pontian Greek genocide held in the square outside Thessaloniki’s White Tower on Saturday.