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Right-wing Greek politician assaults two left deputies on Greek TV


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Right-wing Greek politician assaults two left deputies on Greek TV

Irritated, Ilias Kasidiaris got up out of his chair and tossed a glass of water over one woman, than he hit another one in the face, three times.

The soap opera scenario occurred on the Antenna television station during a political debate in the run-up to Greek elections on June 17.

A spokesman for a far-right party, Kasidiaris, got angry when a radical left deputy, Rena Dourou, mentioned a court case pending against him. He then turned on prominent Communist Party member Liana Kanelli, who stood up to protest, and slapped her in the face three times, before leaving the studio.

A judicial source said an arrest warrant has been issued for Kasidiaris, a member of Golden dawn (Chrysi Avgi), a far right party flirting with neo-Nazism.

The incident provoked strong reaction in Greece where the far right party won nearly seven percent of votes in the inconclusive election held on May 6. Recent opinion polls show they could keep their seats in the Parliament, with almost four percent of the vote in next Sunday’s election.

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