A man threw his shoe at Prime Minister George Papandreou as he visited kiosks an international trade fair on Saturday, September 11 in Thessaloniki, but it widely missed its mark and the man was pinned down by security guards.
The man, in his 60s, was placed in a police car and detained by police.
Witnesses at the scene said the man was part of a protest group and the action was planned.
Papandreou, surrounded by security and media, had opened the international fair, where he was set to give a speech in the evening on the state of the economy.
They also arrested as well as the doctor's daughter with a fifteen-year-old,
In addition to a farmer named Stavros Vitalis, were accompanied at the time, but they announced later in the release of three detainees.
In a statement to the Greek media, he said Bravazeres He is a member of a new organization called the "National Front"
And protesting against government policies.
Bravazeres described what he had done "a political act against the policies of the Government's austerity"
He warned that "many will follow suit," refused to reveal the number that successfully recruited in the front to do so.
Minor violent incidents mar premiere of Thessaloniki International Fair in northern Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — Thousands of Greek demonstrators protested against government austerity measures in the center of the northern city Thessaloniki on Saturday afternoon under draconian security measures, as minor violent incidents have already marred the premiere of the 75th Thessaloniki International Fair.
More than 4,500 policemen were on increased alert around the conference center, where Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is due to deliver a keynote speech on his government’s economic policy shortly, as tension in the area rose.
Holding banners with slogans like “We are not for sale” and “No to EU and International Monetary Fund,” demonstrators from all over the country participated in the rallies organized by labor unions, with minor scuffles with police reported.
Earlier on Saturday noon a Greek doctor who was believed to be a member of a far Right group attempted to throw a shoe at Papandreou, shouting that his government betrayed Greek people and served the interests of bankers.
The man was apprehended by the premier’s bodyguards and sent to a local police station, along with his 15-year-old daughter and a 55-year-old friend. According to Greek media reports, the doctor had called on citizens of Thessaloniki through his website to ” welcome Papandreou with their old shoes.”
Later on Saturday afternoon, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) President Constantinos Michalos was attacked by a group of protesting truck drivers as he entered a Thessaloniki hotel for the General Assembly of the Central Union of Chambers of Greece. He was punched on the face, but was not seriously injured and participated in the meeting as scheduled.
Michalos, who supports the government’s plan to liberalize the freight truck sector, which is a “closed” market in Greece, denounced the attack.
“Such efforts will not stop reforms,” said Michalos, as unionists of the truck owners, who operate with state licenses for decades in Greece and object to a government plan to open up the sector, announced a new strike next week.
Also on Saturday a small group of teachers occupied for a while the Greek Finance Ministry’s kiosk at the trade fair venue, chanting slogans against cutbacks on salaries and a freeze on hiring more teachers.
“We will safeguard democracy. We will safeguard citizens’ right to demonstrate, but also it is the duty of the whole society to safeguard people’s lives and properties. And we will do that,” said Greek Citizens’ Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis.