A witness to Yanis Varoufakis attack in Athens, said that the Greek Finanace minister informed the crowd of anarchists who attacked him that he is not part of the ‘system’ thus he won’t survive long in Greece’s political scene and at its current position.
Speaking to Mega TV the witness reported that the Minister was very calm during the attack and he told the crowd: “If you want you can hit me, you can smash the bottle you are holding onto my head.”
Then Varoufakis asked the crowd: “Why are you attacking me? Do you know the reason? Have you realized that I am not part of the current status quo? Have you realized that in about a week they will expel me from the government?”
“If you know that the system is rotten, why don’t you do something to change it?,” an anarchist asked Varoufakis to get a stunning reply.
“It’s not possible, simply. This is the current system, I tried, but I failed. It’s impossible,” admitted the Greek Finance minister according to the witness.
Watch the video with the dialogue below:
Before announcing his candidacy with SYRIZA and assume office, Yanis Varoufakis had also stated during a televised interview with Skai TV that he was not interested to become a politician, and even if he did, there wouldn’t be a party that would tolerate his sincere views for more than three months.
With three months already in his position as Greek Finance Minister and SYRIZA member, he has built a commoner’s superstar profile that many love in Greece, and Greece’s lenders love to hate.
Last week Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a reshuffle in the Greek negotiations team adding Euclid Tsakalotos in the group whose head remains Yanis Varoufakis with many media outlets speculating that Varoufakis is getting stripped from his powers as Finance Minister.
After the Riga Eurogroup when many of his European colleagues expressed their dislike to him, the Greek Minister twitted the following quote:
FDR, 1936: “They are unanimous in their hate for me; and I welcome their hatred.” A quotation close to my heart (& reality) these days
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) April 26, 2015
However, even if many internal SYRIZA powers as well as Greece’s lenders would want to expel Varoufakis from his position -as he appears to have said- the Greek Finance Minister still remains a heroic figure for the majority of Greek population and the secret is that he doesn’t act like a politician.
Watch the video from his visit today at a Labor rally:
After all, even professor Varoufakis himself seems not to like describing himself as a politician, here’s how he presents himself on Twitter:
“Economics professor, quietly writing obscure academic texts for years, until thrust onto the public scene by Europe’s inane handling of an inevitable crisis.”