Foreign correspondent attacked at Greek far-right protest

Journalist Thomas Jacobi tries to calm down after an attack against him by far right groups during an anti-migrant demonstration in Athens. (AFP)

A foreign press correspondent was attacked on Sunday during a far-right protest in central Athens against the presence of migrants in Greece, according to Greek news agency ANA.

According to an AFP reporter and a video broadcast by Skai TV, Thomas Jacobi, working for the French newspaper La Croix and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was left with facial bleeding after the attack.

Jacobi collaborated with journalist Angelique Kourounis for a documentary, “The Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair”, in 2016.

“They were hitting me for four and a half minutes until some policemen appeared. None stepped in. That’s the most shocking thing,” Jacobi told the Proto Thema website.

“I thought that with so many policemen there I could have done my job today. I was wrong again,” he said, adding he felt lucky he was not attacked with a knife.

“They attacked me because they recognized me,” Jacobi said.

It was the second assault on Jacobi, nearly a year to the day since members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn attacked him, along with a cameraman and a photojournalist, also in Athens.

The three journalists were covering a protest outside the Greek parliament building over the renaming of North Macedonia.

According to the Greek police around 370 people rioted at Syntagma Square on Saturday.

They held aloft banners against the “colonization of Greece by Islamists”. Golden Dawn members were also present.

The Athens News Agency reported Jacobi as saying he will file a lawsuit.

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