Athens lawyers announced they will abstain from their duties for seven days as a sign of mourning, ?a minimum response to the abhorrent murder? of lawyer Mihalis Zafiropoulos and ?the blind murderous violence against lawyers,? according to the board of the Athens Bar Association (ABA) on Thursday night.

The abstention will start on Friday (oct. 13) and end next Saturday (Oct.21). ?We consider the support of the judiciary and judicial staff to be self-evident,? the board said.

Earlier, ABA’s head Vasilis Alexandris told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency it is ?evidently dangerous to try to do your job well?, responding to a question about the killing. Alexandris was among those who gathered outside the office of Zafiropoulos.