ATHENS — SYRIZA spokesperson Alexis Charitsis called the government's bill on public protests "a monument of regression and authoritarianism" in a statement on Wednesday.
"The government is not of course interested in traffic obstruction or citizens' safety," he said, adding that "the only thing it is interested in is to return to the darkest times of modern Greek history."
"This bill paves the way for the arbritrary ban of demonstrations and protest (…) and restricts and makes the constitutional right of protest a crime with extremely strict penalties for the organisers in case of incidents."
The government wants to intimidate citizens, he said. "The reason is simple. It is the government itself that is gradually becoming more afraid of people's voices," he added.