Apparently, a group of people discovered that the 61-year-old politician was in a restaurant in that neighborhood, known for its left-wing protest movements, and began to insult him.
When Varufakis went out into the street, several hooded men threw him to the ground, kicked him and punched him in the face.
The former minister was treated at a hospital for a broken nose.
Varufakis himself later thanked on Twitter for the solidarity they showed him after the attack and denied that the attackers were anarchists or leftists.
Rather, he argued, they were “thugs” who had accused him of betraying Greece during the 2015 debt crisis, when he was finance minister in the Syriza government.
“They were not anarchists, leftists, communists or members of any movement. It was hired thugs (and it seemed so) who clumsily invoked the lie that I sold out to the troika. We will not let them divide us,” Varufakis wrote on Twitter.
His party, Mera25, called the attack “fascist.” The economist is now a deputy and his formation has a voting intention of 3.5% in the polls.