The ruling New Democracy Conservative party has condemned a violent protest against former minister, Makis Voridis, ahead of a press briefing in Kavala, northeastern Greece, where workers of Kavala Oil stormed the hotel where the event was to take place and caused extensive damage to the premises, while Voridis remained in his room.
Workers were protesting a new contract for exploitation of fuel deposits in the Prinos oil field in the Aegean Sea which awards joint rights to the mother company Energean Oil & Gas. “The workers came here asking for trouble. We wanted to talk with them, but they didn’t give us a chance,” the local party organization said in a statement.
Voridis, while still a member of the far-right LAOS party, served as Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks in the coalition government headed by Lucas Papademos which ran from November, 2011 to the June 2102 elections. During that time he was tossed out of LAOS for supporting austerity measures but remained a minister.
A few days later, he joined New Democracy and surrendered his parliamentary seat to LAOS, which failed to win enough of the vote in the 2012 elections to remain in Parliament. As Minister, Voridis was supposed to open up professions like taxi drivers, a measure he has previously opposed on multiple occasions. He failed to liberalize the professions as ordered to do so by the country’s international lenders.