Petsas: Democracy Vindicated by Court Rulling on Golden Dawn

ATHENS — Referring to democracy, Petsas said that "we are one day after the historic Court of Appeals' decision that Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) was a operating as a criminal organisation. A request tabled by our government to the Supreme Court (Areios Paghos) after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013 is vindicated but most of all democracy is vindicated with the decision of the court on Golden Dawn. As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, a traumatic cycle for the country's public life is closing. Fortunately, its political dimension have already been judged by the democratic victory that expelled the nazi formation from the Greek parliament.

Afterwards, Petsas referred to the support of the most vulnerable groups in society against the repercussions of the pandemic, adding that Mitsotakis ordered a 300 million euro increase of the funds of the Benefits and Social Solidarity Organisation to pay subsidies, such as the minimum guaranteed income, the childrens' benefit and the housing subsidy.

The focus on national issues, democracy and society

"Τοday the conjuncture makes us focus on three issues of major importance: national issues, democracy and society," stated government spokesperson Stelios Petsas at the start of the press briefing on Thursday.

He especially highlighted the latest provocative actions by Ankara: "As you are aware, Turkey announced that from today it will permit entry onto the beach front of Famagusta, which has been uninhabited since 1974. It is another provocative action that violates UN Security Council resolutions and is contrary to the conclusions of the recent EU Summit".

He said that the Greek government, from the first moment but also with a statement by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday, has condemned Turkey's decision. At the same time, Mitsotakis spoke on the phone with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and expressed his support for Cyprus and the actions it intends to take over this issue. "One thing is certain: Turkey has to take a step back. If it doesn't do this, the matter will be taken up by the EU leaders next week at European Council on October 15-16, as it will be raised by Cyprus and, of course, by Greece," he said.


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