The New Democracy president Antonis Samaras was verbally assaulted by a group of about ten people in the village of Pethelino near Serres, late on Thursday afternoon, prompting the intervention of the riot police.
Mr. Samaras was on tour with party officers and MPs in the areas in northern Greece that were most affected by the recent floods, when a group of local residents approached him and began hurling abuse, accusing him of carrying out detrimental changes to farmer pensions. Some of the protesters claimed that when they went to visit him at this home in Kifisia they were attacked with chemicals.
The local police director ordered the detention of two of the protesters, who were then taken to the Serres police directorate. A SYRIZA MP and local residents demanded that the two detainees be released.
The main opposition leader reportedly continued his tour around Serres as normal.