SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday sternly attacked Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Bank of Greece (BoG) governor Yannis Stournaras at his address to his party’s meeting in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece.
Tsipras called Samaras “Prime Minister of the cafe,” mentioning that at the parliament’s cafe, Samaras referred to bank deposits that will be sent abroad, and spoke of a “behind the scenes irregularity” by an “extreme-right environment” in the government headquarters, charging the coalition government that “it burns everything and makes favors to the big interests because it knows that it is leaving.”
Referring to Stournaras’ statement of the danger for an “irreversible damage,” Tsipras said that his duty is to protect the economy.
“In Greece exists only a center of propaganda that attempts to keep a corrupted political system alive,” said Tsipras, adding “Remember what we said about the triangle of sin. Of a system that, with state money, produces information for its interest, information that attempts to impose policies for its own benefit and works in order for more money to be made for the privileged few. That’s collusion and the triangle of sin that bankrupt the country. On one side is the bankrupt system of New Democracy and PASOK, on the other the bankrupt banks that were rescued with the people’s money and afterwards were given back to those that bankrupted them, and on the third side the over-indebted, totally unreliable, media. That’s the center that governed for forty years and took 70 billion euros from the European Funds for itself. It’s the center that made the state its client and burdened the public debt on the Greek people’s households. That’s the center that today terrifies, blackmails and misinforms, sets parties, dissolves parties and divides parties, and conducts auctions of conscience. That’s the center that has recently left every pretext aside and insults the truth, the democracy and even the economy.”
All these will end, underlined Tsipras, “Whatever you do, you can’t blackmail or play with us.” He also said that when SYRIZA comes to power, will seek not only the political but also the criminal responsibilities from those who are responsible for the country’s disaster.
On the alleged attempted bribery of Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Pavlos Chaikalis, Tsipras noted that “we have a bankrupt political system that attempts to cover the stench.”
The main opposition leader said that the country is already in an elections campaign and charged the coalition government for wanting to hold the elections in a climate of terror and scaremongering, adding that SYRIZA will not follow on this slippery path and that it will stay calm in order to unite and not to divide the Greek people.