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Tsipras: Gov’t Has Lost Control of the Pandemic and of the Economy

November 15, 2020

ATHENS — Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance on Sunday in an announcement sternly attacked the government on its decision to ban the over four people gatherings while according to party sources SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras will speak on the phone with all opposition leaders on Monday.

The main opposition party claims that the government has totally lost control of the pandemic and of the economy and "attempts, on the occasion of Polytechnic anniversary, to set up an artificial landscape of tension".

SYRIZA calls on the Prime Minister not to insist on an anti-democratic downhill "it is necessary for all, but not the democracy, to be placed in quarantine".

In its announcement, SYRIZA said that the party, with total respect to the extraordinary health conditions, has stated from the first moment that this year's commemoration of the Polytechnic uprising can't and should not be celebrated as in the previous years, namely the mass gathering of citizens and the march to the US Embassy. "The protection of the human life and the sense of social solidarity forces us to honour this year the youth's uprising in different ways by observing all the necessary precautions for the protection of the public health".

SYRIZA claimed that the government "is making a hopeless effort to present an issue of public health as an issue of repression of political liberties and democratic rights" adding that is making a huge mistake "the unconceivable complacency for the public health and its criminal inaction in the last months can't be replaced with the late interest and authoritarianism".

The party characterised "unprecedented and junta-inspired" the government's decision to ban the gatherings during the days of the celebrations for the Polytechnic and calls on the political parties, the agencies and the democratic citizens to observe the health protection measures but also to safeguard the democracy and the political rights".

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