ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A leftist Greek lawmaker was attacked by three men at a soccer match Sunday who he said identified themselves as members of the extreme right Golden Dawn party. Another legislator from the same party said he was attacked by riot police at a separate soccer game.
Dimitris Stratoulis, of the Radical Left Coalition, said the trio threatened to kill him while striking him with several blows to the head. Spectators came to his aid and the assailants fled.
Stratoulis, 54, was with his adult son at the time of the attack. It happened in the concourse area of the Olympic Stadium during halftime of the match between AEK Athens and Atromitos, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Stratoulis, who was bloodied but didn't sustain serious injuries, filed a police complaint.
Golden Dawn has denied involvement in the attack.
"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," a party statement said.
The Radical Left Coalition, also known by its acronym SYRIZA, earlier said they believed Golden Dawn was responsible.
"We demand the prompt arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators," the party said in a statement. "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."
Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou and representatives from other political parties also condemned the attack. Continued...