A Member of Parliament from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party who officials said tried to punch Athens Mayor George Kaminis for stopping a Greeks-only food handout by the extremists will see his case forwarded to the Parliament, which will decide whether to strip his immunity.
Even though Giorgos Germenis tried to assault Kaminis and reached for his gun before being restrained by bodyguards, Greek lawmakers are immune from arrest for any crime unless their colleagues allow prosecution. Germenis missed his swing at Kaminis and hit a 12-year-old girl, but can’t be arrested for that either.
Prosecutors said they want to charge Germenis with verbal assault and attempted bodily harm. Germenis can be seen on video going berserk as he tries to get at Kaminis. Golden Dawn was unhappy that Kaminis prevented them from passing out free Easter goodies such as lamb and eggs because the party said recipients would have to show ID’s proving they were Greek and would turn away immigrants.
The assault came as the Mayor was visiting municipal office on Holy Thursday where candles for Easter were being lit. The building is not far from the Golden Dawn headquarters where the party returned to hand out food after being prevented from doing so in Syntagma Square, the main center of Athens.
“The fact that the individual can wander around and attempt to punch me, and armed at that… this should trouble society generally, but also the citizens that voted for them. The only language that these people speak is brute force and thuggery,” Kaminis told Vima 99.5 radio.
No political party nor Prime Minister Antonis Samaras have denounced the assault, even though a gun was involved. In December, 2002, a former mental patient fired a gun at then Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni while she was in her, but missed when her cell phone rang and she bent to retrieve it. Her driver was wounded in the neck.