Varoufakis says he will accept police protection after attack

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Yanis Varoufakis, leader of the small party MeRA25, said on Tuesday he had decided to accept the police protection provided by the Citizen Protection Ministry, after he was viciously attacked outside a restaurant in central Athens on Friday night.

Appearing on a morning TV news show with bruises on his face and a cast on his nose, he said his nose was broken in six places and thanked the medical staff at Evangelismos Hospital where he was treated.

"Things will probably change now, due to my wife's demand…who tells me that, from now on, you will have the police officers," Varoufakis told ANT1, but went on to complain he felt "imprisoned" if I goes somewhere with a security detail. "This is purely a personal choice. I will try to avoid it, I will try to escape it…[but will keep the police protection] until the elections are held, when I will be freed from the police...

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