Rallies planned in solidarity with Thessaloniki mayor

Rallies planned in solidarity with Thessaloniki mayor

Supporters of Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, who was on Saturday attacked by nationalist extremists in Greece’s northern port city, have organized a solidarity rally for Monday at 5 p.m. at the capital’s Kotzia Square.

A similar rally will be staged in Thessaloniki on Wednesday night, at the site of the assault, next to the city’s iconic White Tower.

A Thessaloniki prosecutor on Monday ordered an urgent preliminary investigation into the attack that left the 75-year-old Boutaris hospitalized. Four people have so far been arrested as suspects.

About a dozen people set upon Boutaris during a commemoration of the World War I genocide of the Pontic Greeks. He was thrown to the ground and kicked all over his body.

Greece’s mainstream political parties have all condemned the incident.

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