Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Tuesday said described the stabbing of a 44-year-old father-to-be in central Athens as a “hair-raising incident”. The victim was attacked by thieves who were after his video camera at dawn, as he was preparing to take his pregnant wife to hospital to deliver their baby.
He pointed out that coordinated efforts are being made by the prime minister to upgrade the city center and stressed that it is “unfair and one-sided” to blame inadequate policing for the situation. “The issue is cultural, residential and social,” he concluded.
Athens Mayor George Kaminis said “this murder is not just another delinquent act. It is a kind of crime that cannot be tolerated,” adding that “the Greek Police will have to make a lot of effort to put the situation under control.”
Kaminis repeated that the City of Athens is ready to cooperate with police on a daily basis to jointly patrol the streets and squares even during the night.
Opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) president George Karatzaferis commenting on the tragic death, indirectly urged the government to proceed with the deportation of all illegal migrants and stressed that living in certain parts of Athens is an “act of heroism”.