Mitsotakis in Thessaloniki: “ND Has Always Protected National Interests at Every Critical Moment” (Vid)

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the party's main rally in Thessaloniki. (Photo by MotionTeam/Yorgos Konstantinidis)

THESSALONIKI – New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday said he has been to “every corner in Greece, met thousands of Greeks, saw the disappointment in their eyes about the years lost in the crisis,” speaking at the party’s main rally in Thessaloniki.

“Our struggle concerns the youth, first and foremost,” he said, while praising Greece’s long history, “which reminds us how our nation achieves great things when united.”

On Greece’s Prespes Agreement signed with neighboring North Macedonia, Mitsotakis reiterated that he intends to retain the right to veto its EU accession course, a warning he repeated in terms of Albania’s protection of the Greek minority’s rights. He also said he would seek the international recognition of the genocide of Pontic Greeks.

Η Θεσσαλονίκη μίλησε. Η Μακεδονία μίλησε. Οι Έλληνες γνωρίζουν το μέλλον που τους αξίζει. Η νίκη της Ν.Δ θα είναι η νίκη της φωτεινής Ελλάδας. Θα είναι νίκη όλων των Ελλήνων! Ζωντανά η ομιλία μου στη Θεσσαλονίκη. #Αξίζουμε_καλύτερα

Posted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday, May 24, 2019

Protecting the national interests, especially in relation to borders, was another key point raised by Mitsotakis, who said that New Democracy has always defended those interests “at every critical moment in Greece’s history since 1974, with realism and truth.”
The ND leader reiterated his intent to abolish university asylum, which forbids unauthorised entrance to army and police, and said students should be able to study without fear from self-styled antiestablishment hood-wearers on the campus.

Urban security, another high priority, is something that Mitsotakis prioritised, saying that the state “must protect citizens from criminals and petrol bomb violence,” referring to clashes between anarchists and the police and the destruction of storefronts during them.

The main opposition leader also promised a one-off 2,000 euro bonus “for every child born in Greece.”

Mitsotakis said he intends to work closely with regional authorities, planning to eventually interlink all the major cities in northern Greece with Egnatia national highway. “Thessaloniki must again become a hub of education, culture and tourism,” he added.
On May 26 “we vote and on May 27 we turn a page,” Mitsotakis told the crowd, “a new page that we must write together,” he concluded.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the party’s main rally in Thessaloniki. (Photo by MotionTeam/Yorgos Konstantinidis)

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaking at the party’s main rally in Thessaloniki. (Photo by MotionTeam/Yorgos Konstantinidis)

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  1. ND is certainly better than “greek” leftists but to be blunt not by much.

    Much like Greek leftists, most of the center right say nothing to condemn the foreign nationalists that evade, and continue to evade, as VMRO, UMD, MHRMI continue to try to link themselves to ancient Macedonians and promote irredentism against Greece. This is why the Prespa Agreement is already a failure despite the assurance of Tsipras and his foreign apologists/. Half of Skopians violate it on a daily basis.

    SDSM may mean well but they only represent around half of Skopians. Far right ultra nationalist Skopians ignore Prespa because they have no incentive to change their behavior because virtually all the foreign nationalists the ridiculously recognized them as “Macedonia’ and “ethnic Macedonians” downplay their behavior to hide their mistake of recognizing them.

    The real problem here isn’t tiny Skopje. Most Skopians are poorly educated on their history. They have no clue that most of them are descendents of self-identifying Bulgarians. The real issue is the masses of foreign nationalisst that lack the integrity to admit they were played by Skopian extremists. They listened to their inner fascist when Skopians ridiculed us for considering ancient Greeks our cultural patrimony — then flip-flopped on their own alleged principles when Skopians claiming to be related to ancient Macedonians. (framing Skopjians obvious propaganda as “human rights’ then)

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