Tsipras – Opposition Battle It Out in Greek Parliament

The parliamentary session that was supposed to be mostly about the farmers’ demands and upcoming protests, turned out to be about the government’s alleged effort to control the DOL media organization.

Opposition parties accused Alexis Tsipras and his administration for blatantly attempting to control mass media by forcing the appointment of former SYRIZA MP and chairman of government-friendly Avgi newspaper to rescue the ailing media group.

New Democracy, PASOK and To Potami attacked the government for trying to manipulate mass media. ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that after two years in power, the government has become “ruthless and dangerous” showing unbelievable “cynicism” and is trying to establish a “regime.”

To Potami chief Stavros Theodorakis spoke about “a raid against mass media” and spoke of a domino of corrupt deals connecting public works and media owners.

PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata accused Tsipras of trying to establish the “SYRIZA news group” and called the current administration “the shame of the Left.”

Government and opposition spoke in generalizations about the farmers’ issues, with no party offering a solid proposal on how to solve the problems of the sector. Both sides accused each other for what they haven’t done for the farmers, but without saying what their side has done for them.

Meanwhile farmers prepare for mass demonstrations and road blocks beginning on January 23.