“We gave Greek people a breath of dignity,” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressing SYRIZA supporters in celebration of one year in government.
The Greek prime minister spoke at a gathering in the Tae Kwon Do Arena in Palaio Faliro with his cabinet, party MPs and party officials in the front seats. He spoke about the fights his government gave in the tough negotiations with international creditors. “The struggle for change is not theory, it is everyday action,” he noted.
Tsipras praised the achievements of the SYRIZA-ANEL government under difficult conditions, claiming that, “We challenged history and took historical responsibilities for the European and international Left.” He said that, “We collided with the conservative status quo that insists on austerity.”
“We are proud because we gave battles to finish with what has brought us to this condition,” he added.
Tsipras spoke about the battle his party is giving against Greece’s oligarchy. “We will not be hostages to blackmailers and organized interests,” he said. “We had a lot of traps set up but the Greek people gave us the victory in three elections in less than a year.”
The prime minister attacked the opposition party, New Democracy, blaming them for being responsible for the economic crisis during their rule. He also accused the newly appointed opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis for being the one responsible for firing civil servants when he was minister of administrative reform. He also accused him of nepotism and clientelism.
Speaking of pension reforms and the farmers protest, he said he is calling farmers to dialogue. He attacked Mitsotakis again saying that he cannot pretend he is supporting the farmers while at the same time he is in favor of the International Monetary Fund’s involvement in Greece’s bailout. “You can’t be with farmers and the IMF at the same time,” he said.
He also said that the security funds system must be reformed, otherwise it will collapse.
Finally, the Greek prime minister said that SYRIZA will not be a flash in Greek politics despite the criticism the party is getting from Greece and abroad.