ATHENS – Essentially unchecked by the New Democracy government, a Greek anti-vaxxer group, their movement getting bolder, posted a video on Facebook denying the science behind COVID-19 vaccines and spreading conspiracy theories.
They call themselves Indigeous Greeks and Kathimerini said their video got some 7,000 hits, viewers seeing what the paper called a mix of misinformation, conspiracy beliefs and nationalist rhetoric.
Anti-vaxxers don't believe the vaccines that have saved lives and slowed the flow of the pandemic are safe or effective or that they are part of international conspiracies by groups they don't name to alter their DNA or control their minds.
They also are protesting requirements that students must be vaccinated – although those going to class can have a negative test or proof of recovery from the Coronavirus to be able to attend.
The speakers on the video oppose vaccinations as the country's Eleftheria (Freedom) campaign has stalled below 60 percent of the population of 10.7 million, far below the 70 percent threshold that health authorities said is needed to further beat back the pandemic.
“We rule this country, we own this land,” one of them claims in the video and the report said some also also believe conspiracy theories being spread by the group QAnon, which critics call a cabal of crazies spreading lies about the pandemic and also think the world is run by a cartel of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.
Some also said to have ties to Artemis Sorras, the founder of the ultra-nationalist fringe movement Convention of Greeks, who is serving a six-year prison sentence for attempting to defraud the state. They deny the allegation.