Members of extreme right-wing Golden Dawn attacked and beat Dimitris
Stratoulis, MP of left-wing SYRIZA outside OAKA football stadium Dec 16
evening in Athens. According to Stratoulis, he was approached by three men
who told him they were members of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn).
“They told me they were members of Chrysi Avgi and they would kill me now. They started to kick me and hit me with their fists on the head and face”, Stratoulis told reporters.
“I am Dimitris Stratoulis, members of SYRIZA and I are under attack by Chrysi Avgi,” he reportedly shouted during the incident and some other soccer fans came to his aid.
Dimitris Stratoulis was taken to the stadium first aid unit and then went to the local police station to file a lawsuit. After speaking to reporters, he went to an Athens Hospital for medical checks.
Stratoulis was watching the Superleague game AEK-Atromitos but went outside the stadium during the break like many other soccer fans. His son was inside the stadium when the attack occurred.
The MP told the police that the perpetrators were three men between 30 and 35.
SYRIZA issued a statement speaking of "assassination attack" and urging the government to capture the culprits a s soon as possible.
Government spokesman condemned the attack as well as coalition government
partners PASOK and Democratic Left that spoke of "hooligan and fascist attack".
Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) denied any connection with the incident and dismissed Stratoulis’ claims.
Almost at the same time of the attack against Stratoulis, there was tension between anti-fascist protesters and Chrysi Avgi members in Nikaia/Renti suburb of Athens, outside the Village cinemas. Protesters had organized an anti-fascist demonstration when they saw Chrysi Avgi members who were attending a party gathering. The two groups reportedly started to chase each other, with police making limited use of tear gas.
According to Skai TV , the police chased protesters inside the cinema complex, fired one or two tear gas devices, scaring the cinema visitors. Unconfirmed reports speak of one wounded woman.
Source: Keep Talking Greece