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Tsipras: Government Seems “To Have Lost Touch with Reality”

November 25, 2020

ATHENS — "The situation is out of control and you give the impression of being in a tail spin, of having completely lost touch with reality," main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday in parliament. Tsipras was replying to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during the debate before the plenary on a labour ministry bill on measures to support workers, businesses, vulnerable social groups and the unemployed.

Tsipras began his speech by referring to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, noting that incidents of domestic violence had skyrocketed worldwide during the lockdowns. Additionally, he pointed out that the networks and emergency phone lines to support abused women were the work of the previous SYRIZA government.

"We are not asking you to become a Messiah or Moses, nor a St. George to slay the virus. We are asking you not to assassinate common sense or to consider that you and your ministers are talking to cretins," Tsipras said.

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