Death threats worries Greek deputy finance minister

Greek Deputy Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis receives life threatening letter along with bullet on Monday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Greek Deputy Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis

The deputy finance minister of the Greek government Tryfon Alexiadis received a threatening letter along with a bullet by post on Monday saying that he was like the Nazis that took over Greece during World War II, Reuters reported.

Alexis Tsipras, the re-elected Prime Minister of Greece, had agreed to harsh austerity measures given but its creditors in order to pass an 86 billion euro ($95 billion) third bailout agreement. Regardless, he was newly elected in September forming a coalition government with president of right-wing party Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos.

Moreover, a significant amount of Greek citizens believe that Germany is to blame for the conditions the third bailout will bring to the country.

Thus Alexiadis, said that the letter dispatchers are "fascist psychopaths."

"Never in my life, have I been afraid of clashing and fighting against a rotten and corrupted establishment which has brought us to this point," he said, stressing out that the incident urges him to keep on fighting against tax injustice.

Specifically, the letter sent was bold-written and wrote, "Until the hour 0, you and your family will know what fear means," holding a red star signature. The signature is considered to be of a group acting in the past called "Kokkini Fraxia", meaning something close to Red Faction.

As Reuters reports, the Red Army Faction was once active back in the 1970s and 1980s in West Germany acting mainly against politicians also holding a signature featuring a red star.

But such a threat is not new to Greece. In 2013 a similar threat was sent to the central bank chief including a letter and two bullets whereas the finance minister received a letter enclosing a bullet as well.

According to the Greek police the threat against Tryfon Alexiadis is under investigation.

TRTWorld and agencies