A debate live on Greek television showed just how tempers can be frayed during a political debate.
The spokesman for the far right Golden Dawn party Ilias Kasidiaris attacked two female members of left-wing parties.
The TV discussion descended into chaos when Kasidiaris threw a glass of water at Rena Dourou, a member of the radical leftist SYRIZA party and called her a “joke”.
As other panellists watched in stunned silence, Kanelli intervened on Dourou’s behalf, throwing a newspaper at Kasidiaris, who called her a “commie”, stood up, pushed her and hit her hard in the face.
After the incident, Kasidiaris, whose party entered parliament for the first time on May 6, was locked in a room at the TV studio but broke down a door and escaped, the TV station said.
A public prosecutor ordered police to track him down and arrest him on charges of causing serious bodily harm, a court official said.