A group of about 30 youngsters verbally attacked and threatened with violence Yanis Varoufakis and his wife Danae Stratou as they were dining at a restaurant in central Athens, Greece.
The incident happened around 11pm on Tuesday in the Exarchia area, a well-known Athenian neighborhood where anarchists gather and is ravaged by frequent riots and vandalisms.
The Greek Finance Minister was dining with his wife and a friend when several young men went to their table and told them to leave the neighborhood because no government official is welcome there. He was verbally insulted and two men moved aggressively towards him when his wife embraced him and protected him with her body, according to witnesses.
Then Varoufakis stood up and went outside where a group of about thirty anarchists insulted him and threatened to attack. The finance minister told them that he used to live in the neighborhood and he likes it there. According to witnesses, he also told them that they can beat him if they wanted but they will have to listen to him first.
Soon a crowd of about two hundred people gathered around the arguing parties, with many people shouting their support to Varoufakis. Varoufakis talked with his aggressors for about 30 minutes and the incident ended peacefully. According to witnesses, the anarchists told him he is welcome to Exarchia but only when he is no longer a government official.
After the incident, Varoufakis told reporters that he is going to Exarchia often and he has lived there from 2000 until 2006. He said that he didn’t want to back down to the threats because it is his right to go wherever he wants. It should be noted that the finance minister does not have security guards during his public appearances.