SYRIZA Wins Hearts and Minds of Prison Voters, Psychiatric Wings

(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

ATHENS – The ruling Radical Left SYRIZA may have lost the May 26 elections for Greek municipalities and the European Parliament but it triumphed big in votes from prisoners who love the party’s support of furloughs from jail.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ party is riddled with anarchist and terrorist sympathizers backing vacations from jail for notorious November 17 terror group leader Dimitris Koufodinas, which killed 23 people, including five Americans attached to the US Embassy over the years as well as diplomats from Turkey and the United Kingdom.

At the main wing of the capital’s Korydallos Prison – where Koufodinas was jailed before being transferred to a low-security work farm near the northeast central city of Volos, , SYRIZA won 79.7 percent of the vote – including 62.5 percent from the psychiatric wing to only 5.6 and 12.5 percent for the major opposition New Democracy, whose candidates won the elections overall, leading Tsipras to call for snap general elections for July 7.

garnered 79.7 percent of the general population’s vote and support from 62.5 percent of its psychiatric wing, far more than ND’s respective 5.6 percent and 12.5 percent.

“The Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn – which came in second at the penitentiaries of Amfissa in central Greece, with 9.8 percent, and in the western port of Patra, with 7.3 percent – got 10.9 percent from Korydallos’ psychiatric wing.

SYRIZA swept 85.6 percent of the vote in Nafplio prison, to New Democracy’s D’s 6.6 percent, and saw similar results in Patra, Kassandra, Malandrino and Trikala, where the difference was 77 against 8.2 percent.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a law-and-order candidate who said he would crack down on violence soaring in Athens under SYRIZA and bring back high-security prisons the Leftists had closed.