Greece is teetering on the edge and things have begun to turn violent according to a new report this morning. A group of anarchists attacked Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and his wife Danae at an Athens restaurant late on Tuesday. His wife hugged him to shield him from the attack, the finance ministry said.
The couple had finished having dinner with friends in the bohemian Exarchia district, perhaps a mistake given its the site of frequent protests by left-wing protesters. A mob entered the restaurant's courtyard, telling them to leave "their area."
The mob tried "for a few seconds to reach me without hitting her," he said in the ministry statement.
Then "they retreated fast continuing their curses and threats, got out of the courtyard and waited for us outside the restaurant," Varoufakis added.
While the outspoken economist has won fans in Greece for opposing austerity policies he has also garnered criticism at home for his brash style and a celebrity photo shoot in a French magazine. He has also failed to effectively manage the country's finances and was recently sidelined from negotiations with the EU.
The violent incident highlights just how dissatisfied Greeks are at their government and their economic position. With solution to either of these issues in the immediate future the sparks of violence set a dangerous precedent for the coming weeks.