ATHENS — "The government has turned grave robbing into a daily sport," stated main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said on Tuesday, speaking to the radio station Sto Kokkino. Iliopoulos also spoke of "a dangerous government," that "deliberately did not prepare for the second wave of the pandemic".
He strongly criticised statements by State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis regarding Greece's performance in handling the health crisis, noting that the minister "must be celebrating the fact that we have 6,000 fewer workers in the national health system in the midst of the pandemic, that they never offered free COVID-19 test and that they did not proceed with the requisitioning (of private clinics)".
He accused government spokesperson Stelios Petsas of lying about issues of life and death when he claimed that the doubling of the compensation for the use of private ICU beds was made to cover the cost of the employees in private clinics. "That lie collapses when we see that the government is sending doctors from public hospitals to staff the private clinics' ICUs," he said.
On the preliminary investigation ordered by a first-instance court public prosecutor into the actions of main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas and MeRA25 leader Yanis Varoufakis for participation in public gatherings on November 17, he spoke of "dangerous practices that cast doubt on the liberal and democratic character of the regime," adding that the door to this development was opened by authoritarianism with which the government addressed this year's celebration of the Polytechnic uprising.