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When nation-states fail, moderate voices are silenced

Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris is aided after being attacked by a group of nationalists during a Sunday commemoration of what is known as the genocide of the Pontians, on 19 May 2018 [EPA]
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The image of the angry man holding a little girl in one arm while violently abusing Yiannis Boutaris, the 75-year-old mayor of Thessaloniki with the other, shocked Greeks.

Boutaris was attacked by a crowd at a Sunday commemoration of what is known as the genocide of the Pontians, a Christian ethnic group from the highlands of the southern Black Sea speaking a dialect of Greek, who escaped Ottoman Turkish persecution and emigrated to the newly-formedGreek nation-state.

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