Koumoutsakos presses charges against unknown assailants

6 November 2015
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New Democracy MP Giorgos Koumoutsakos on Friday pressed charges against the unknown individuals that assailed him outside Parliament on Thursday evening, during a Pontic Greeks’ rally in Syntagma to protest against statements made by Education Minister Nikos Filis.

The former minister filed a suit with the first-instance court prosecutors department in Athens, also supplying photographs of his assailants. He made no statements as he was leaving.

Koumoutsakos did make statements after a meeting with Alternate Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas, saying that the arrest of his assailants was “a matter of honour for democracy” and accusing far-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) of being behind the attack against him.

“As every other citizen of this country would demand, I asked for the location and immediate arrest of the culprits of yesterday’s cowardly and fascist attack, as well as of its instigators and inspirers,” he said, noting that Golden Dawn and its representatives expressed violence, bullying and backwardness.

“They will not stop unless all of us stop them, the overwhelming majority of Greeks and the democratic parties that represent them,” he added, while suggesting that Nikos Filis was “not fit for the job” and should resign as minister.

The protests were prompted by statements made by Filis in a talk show on Monday night, where he suggested that “ethnic cleansing” was a scientifically more accurate description of the massacres targeting Pontic Greeks in Turkey in the early 20th century, rather than the Greek state’s official position describing the events as genocide.

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