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Thessaloniki Mayor Vows to Protect City's Jewish Heritage

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris said Friday that Jewish monuments will continue to be repaired no matter how many times they are vandalized. "Even if they vandalize the monuments one hundred times we will repair them one hundred and ten times,"...

Maverick Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris Calls It a Day (video)

Unconventional Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris announced on Wednesday that he will not run for a third term in the May 2019 local government elections, saying that his “cycle has closed.” “My decision is personal and not political. After sixteen years in local...

Thessaloniki Mayor Boutaris Declines Run for Third Term

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Wednesday announced that he will not run for office in the May 2019 local government elections, saying that his "cycle has closed." The mayor first informed the deputy mayors and his close associates, and then...

Vandals Deface Thessaloniki Mayor Boutaris' Apartment

Unknown individuals vandalized the house of Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Wednesday night. The perpetrators broke into the apartment building entrance, went up to the floor of Boutaris' apartment and spray-painted on his door in red. They also spray-painted the...

Thessaloniki's Mayor Boutaris to Run for Third Term

The mayor of Thessaloniki, who made international headlines in May after being attacked by a mob in broad daylight, has announced that he will run for a third term in office. Yiannis Boutaris, 76, was set upon by a gang...

Greek Mayor Attacked by Mob Hailed as 'Symbol of Democracy'

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has described Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris -- victim of a shocking mob attack at a Pontic-Greek genocide commemoration last weekend -- as a symbol of democracy. Meeting Boutaris in Greece's second biggest city on Friday, Tsipras...

Police Officer Among Suspects of Mob Attack Against Greek Mayor

An off-duty police officer was identified and charged for the attack by a group of extreme nationalists against mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris last Saturday. The 44-year-old officer was identified by video footage of the assault that took place in...

Court Finds Three Men Guilty for Assaulting Thessaloniki Mayor

A Thessaloniki misdemeanors court, on Wednesday, found three men guilty over a mob assault against City Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, who suffered minor injuries. Two of the assailants, both aged 20, were given a 14-month and 21-month suspended prison sentence respectively,...

I was Attacked by Organized Fascists, says Thessaloniki Mayor

"You know why this thing happened on the weekend? Because we opened the doors and windows of this city so that some fresh air gets in," said Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Monday. "You can not build your future if...

Violence and Lawlessness Create a Republic of Fear in Greece

The shocking weekend mob attack on elderly Thessaloniki mayor, Yiannis Boutaris, is the latest incident of politically motivated violence to have underscored a widespread sense of lawlessness in Greece. Boutaris has repeatedly angered hardliners with controversial and blunt statements on...