The anti-establishment group Rouvikonas on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an attempt by three individuals to barge into the office of Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Costas Katsikis earlier the same day.
“Unfortunately, the entry of the group into the MPs office was not possible. All reports on the incident are lies. No one entered the office making threats,” Rouvikonas said in a post on an anti-establisment website.
Unknown individuals on Wednesday attempted to force their way into the MP’s office on Vassilisis Sofias Avenue in central Athens.
Police officers arrived at the scene, responding to a phone call saying that individuals wearing masks tried to get into the deputy’s office. The perpetrators had fled before the police arrived.
The group’s claim was later questioned by the MP, while speaking in Parliament, who said he was waiting for firmer evidence concerning the identity those involved and not ready to take Rouvikonas’ claim at face value.
According to ANEL’s spokesperson Theodoros Tosounidis, however, the group’s admission “was revealing of aims and intentions” and showed that the attempt to intimidate the MP was “anything but random” but part of an “organised plan of business and political interests to destabilise the governing majority.”
“The hoods have fallen, the hood-wearers revealed,” he added, noting that Rouvikonas had shown its true face and “sought to intimidate and muzzle the voice of ANEL MPs”.
The Independent Greeks party is the junior partner in Greece’s ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition.