Greek PM Tsipras Calls on Citizens to Remain Calm After Wildfires Spread

fire-greeceWildfires are quickly spreading across Attica, Laconia and Halkida due to strong winds, while the fire department is attempting to bring the situation under control. Meanwhile, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the Pentagon where he was informed about the current situation, and later he will also visit the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the fiery front in Kareas, Athens.

Tsipras, accompanied by Minister of State Nikos Pappas and government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis, spoke with Deputy National Defense Minister Nikos Toskas. After their meeting he addressed the press noting that everyone needs to remain calm. He also added that he asked the air force and armed forces for help and had also appealed to other European countries for assistance with extra fire-fighting aircrafts.

The parliamentary representative of the Communist Party (KKE) Thanasis Pafilis made contact with the Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Yiannis Panousis, requesting reinforcements in order to battle the fiery front in Laconia, which has gotten out of control. The minister said he is aware of the gravity of the situation and has already given the appropriate orders, sending seven firefighting aircrafts to the area.

Meanwhile, Energy and Infrastructure Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis visited Kareas, near Ymittos mountain in Athens, where one of the large-scale fires broke out earlier in the day. “We are all making an effort to stop the worst,” he said

He was verbally attacked by angry residents who accused him of doing “micro politics” and asked him to either help them or leave. “Take your jacket off and come help us,” shouted one of the Greek citizens.