A left wing MP was today viciously attacked at a football match between AEK Athens and Atromitos, by a group of boneheads identifying themselves as members of the fascist ‘Golden Dawn’.
Dimitris Stratoulis, of the radical left coalition (Syriza), claimed that three men approached him and said - "Stratoulis, we are members of Golden Dawn and we will kill you,'" before punching him several times to the head. Several other spectators intervened, before his assailants disappeared into the crowd. Stratoulis required first aid, before visiting the local hospital.
True to form, the Golden Dawn has claimed that they had no involvement in the attack. In a statement, they said that:
“The Golden Dawn had nothing to do with the incident against member of Parliament Stratoulis at the Olympic stadium. The leftist party hacks who promote violence in demonstrations, should stop using the name of the Golden Dawn”.
Syriza issued a statement stating that:
"We demand the prompt arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators. It is certain that tolerance towards the fascist Golden Dawn will lead to loss of life. The response must be immediate and decisive before it's too late."
As events were unfolding in the Olympic stadium, running battles were fought in suburbs of Athens between anti-fascists, Golden Dawn supporters, and the police, who used teargas, batons, and stun grenades. The violence erupted following an anti-fascist rally organised by the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM)