Anarchists vandalized the Parliament building in Athens by splashing red paint on the outer walls on Tuesday early afternoon.
The attack caught the parliamentary police force off guard. The incident occurred in broad daylight, shortly after 2 PM, and the assailants were able to climb up the stairs beside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and up to the front courtyard of the Parliament building. This area is normally out of bounds for the public.
The vandals splashed red paint and let off two smoke bombs before running away into the streets around Syntagma Square and eluding arrest.
The anarchist group Rouvikonas (Rubicon) assumed responsibility for the attack which it said was carried out in solidarity to jailed November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas who has recently been denied a furlough. It also released a video of the attack.
The President of the House, Nikos Voutsis, condemned the attack in a statement, calling it “unacceptable and undemocratic.”