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Mitsotakis: A Veil of Silence Has Broken with the Shocking #Metoo Revelations

February 19, 2021

ATHENS — The revelations of the last days after the complaints about what has happened in the theatre (and not only), but also the recent bad weather that hit the region of Attica and other parts of the country, were the main issues of the talks between President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Addressing the President of the Republic, Mitsotakis started referred to the power cuts in the region of Attica following the recent snowstorm. The prime minister reassured her that every effort is being made to restore electricity as soon as possible. "I know that there were delays, I fully understand the annoyance and anger of the citizens," Mitsotakis said.

He added: "We will correct some things and become better in the future to deal with such phenomena preventively, but also in retrospect. I estimate that by the end of the day the electricity supply will have been restored in the last areas that were affected by the bad weather, but you should know that in the areas of Dionysos and Ekali, we had to rebuild the electricity network from the beginning. In any case, we must become better at how we deal with these phenomena in the future."

The Prime Minister also referred to another issue which dominates lately. "A veil of silence has broken with the shocking revelations in the framework of #metoo. Phenomena of authoritarian violence, primarily against women but not only, which I believe shocked us all, shook us all, some people broke the silence with their voices. The time has now come for us to take action on these allegations."

"Now on the second issue of revelations in the theatre" President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said in the meeting with PM Mitsotakis. "I am deeply concerned over what is being heard and happening, especially in the field of art revealing an acute problem that probably existed for years, and is now emerging with intensity. Abuse of power, violence – verbal and physical – whether it is in the workplace, or in education, or in personal and family relationships cannot be tolerated", she added.

"People finally spoke and we have a duty to support these people, to protect their dignity and to bring justice. We must also restore the prestige of individuals and institutions where it is needed but it is just as important to respect the rule of law that guarantees the rights of all those involved. It is a very important dimension in this matter. Let's hope that in the course of time things will get the right dimension."

Mendoni sets Culture Ministry services and herself at Justice's disposal

Culture Minister Lina Mendoni set all the Ministry's services and herself at the Justice's disposal when and if it is considered necessary, at a press conference on Friday. The sexual abuse is a hideous and disgraceful case she noted adding that "we are state of law and that's why we follow the insitutional way, the Justice".

Mendoni said that she submited a complaint report-memo to the Supreme Court (Areios Paghos) prosecutor in which she asks for the thorough investigation of the alleged unlawful cases in the theatre.

"Lignadis (former National Theatre director) deceived us with theatrical performance" said Mendoni noting that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was not Lignadis' personal friends, but he only knew him from the theatre as I did."

Peloni: Οur priority is to create a safe environment in order for all to be able to work with safety

"The government will take initiatives and there will be announcements soon on a broader framework" stated to radio Alpha 9.89FM, Alternate government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni referring to the complaints in the field of art and #metoo.

Peloni said that there must be a broad debate on the framework that will be created, noting that this is what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described on Friday at his meeting with President of Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

She reiterated that the government supported from the start this case adding that "we support all those people that have been abused".

"Οur priority is to create a safe environment in order for all, women and men, to be able to work with safety", Peloni underlined.

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