Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has been sent a bullet and a death threat from a group protesting against home foreclosures in the recession-hit country, police sources say. Security officials reported on Monday that a group known as “ Cretan Revolution” sent the package to the minister’s office, warning Stournaras against any attempts to seize homes and evict their owners.
Stournaras, who was appointed finance minister in June 2012, has infuriated many Greeks by defending austerity measures demanded by the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the price to release the bailout aid.The recent death threat sent to the Greek finance minister is the latest in a series of such attacks in the country over the past weeks. On January 14, unknown assailants carried out a gunshot assault on the office of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the headquarters of his ruling New Democracy party in the capital, Athens. Greece has been at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis and, experiencing its sixth year of recession and grappling with harsh austerity measures. Tough austerity measures adopted by the government have led to massive protests across the country. Jobless levels in Greece are the highest recorded in the eurozone. Last year's October rate broke every record that the state statistics agency had recorded since it began monthly reports in 2004. On January 16, the IMF approved a $4.31-billion (3.24-billion euro) loan installment to Greece on the condition that the country imposes spending cuts and other austerity measures. MKA/JR