A Jerusalem Post reporter Gil Shefler — on assignment to write on Golden Dawnthe right-wing extremist political party that’s been compared to neo-Nazis.when he was attacked in broad daylight outside Athens on June 6.
In a video report on the paper’s website, Schefler said he was attacked after trying to film a mob of armed, masked men beating a group of refugees and homeless people outside the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
The Jerusalem Post reports. "Greeks walked by calmly as dozens of foreigners fled in every direction when a group of about 20 masked men wielding batons started beating refugees, migrants and homeless people in the middle of the street.
"I snapped a photo, and one guy came up and told me ‘Listen, don’t take a photo. They’ll beat the hell out of you,’ Seconds later, I was being chased by five of these people. They caught me and beat me with sticks for around five minutes."
A bloodied Shefler can be seen in his video of the incident.
Shefler was taken to hospital where he was treated for head and chest wounds,then released in good condition.
Shelfer was attacked just after days when a member of Golden Dawn, which vehemently denies the neo-Nazi label, was came in news after loosing his temper in morning show ended in throwing water at one left-wing female opponent and hitting another in the face.
The group has tried to distance itself from the Nazi label, but employs a Greek symbol that resembles a swastika as its logo. Their offices are also stocked with literature promoting Aryan supremacy, Reuters reports.