Mask deniers brutally attacked and injured an employee of the Athens metro on Wednesday after he confronted them for not wearing masks.
Footage shows two young men repeatedly kicking the employee who is laying on the ground, desperately trying to protect himself.
The incident occurred at Omonia metro station, where the victim was a stationmaster.
The Public Order ministry said the two young men behaved “like brutes” to the stationmaster, who has been hospitalized with severe injuries.
A Ministry statement said that apart from hitting and kicking the official, the two passengers also spat on and swore at him.
Stasy, the company managing the Athens metro, condemned the attack and said in a statement that its employee, a station manager, asked the two on the Anthoupoli-to-Omonia train to wear their masks and take their feet off the seats.
After Stasy’s employee disembarked at the Omonia station, the two followed him at the train platform and beat him up, hitting and kicking him. The perpetrators then fled and the man was taken to hospital by the emergency ambulance service (EKAV).
The Greek police are looking for the perpetrators, while Stasy said it will “take all necessary measures to prevent similar incidents in the future against its employees.”
It also said it will take initiatives to make the public aware of respecting health measures and those at the front lines of mass transport.
Καρέ–καρέ η επίθεση νεαρών αρνητών μάσκας σε σταθμάρχη που τους ζήτησε να βάλουν μάσκα pic.twitter.com/xHQD4IOtbJ
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