Greece: Tsipras unleashes full-fledged attack against Gov’t on pandemic response

Greece: Tsipras unleashes full-fledged attack against Gov’t on pandemic response

In a televised statement, the President of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance launched a fierce attack against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis regarding the management of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Mr. Mitsotakis announces a one-month plan, while having lost 8 months without building any kind of defense against the pandemic”, Alexis Tsipras noted, emphasizing that “decisions of responsibility are required, not more lies and propaganda”.

“The second wave of the pandemic was expected. What was not expected, however, was that we would have to encounter it in these conditions”, the leader of the Main Opposition continued.

“Today, Mr. Mitsotakis is getting ready to announce a very much delayed one-month plan. I’m afraid he will have to review it just after a couple of days of implementation, as he does with all the other fragmentary measures he constantly announces and then goes on to review. And that is because he let the previous eight months pass without building any kind of defense against the pandemic”, said Alexis Tsipras.

He went on to list the mistakes and failures of the Kyriakos Mitsotakis administration:

“Leaving the NHS unprotected. He did not hire even one permanent doctor or nurse. He left the citizens alone with their individual responsibility. Alone, to face the overcrowded buses and undergrounds. Alone, to face the non-prescription of diagnostic tests. Alone in the face of the protective measures and the masks, that ended up being a joke amongst our children at schools, which opened this year with more students per class”.

As he stressed, “His only concern during these eight months was not the pandemic, but to pass bills for the bankruptcy of citizens and the liquidation of their primary residence; and to promote provisions that abolish guaranteed labor rights”.

In a dramatic style, Alexis Tsipras went on to highlight that, “the days to come, however, will be dramatic. Our hospitals are already suffocating from the burden. The increased needs for ICUs are already hardly being met, while the number of outbreaks is skyrocketing and the number of our fellow citizens who have died has tripled in recent days”.

Alexis Tsipras named the Prime Minister as the sole responsible, arguing that “the responsibility for the criminal apathy of the last months falls exclusively on Mr. Mitsotakis and his government”.

Continuing, the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance chief urged the Government “even now, even at the very last minute, to stop the propaganda and proceed with substantial measures:

– To move forward with the recruitment of permanent doctors and nurses.

– To requisition private hospitals.

-To proceed to mass prescriptions of diagnostic tests.

-To immediately include in the itineraries the 270 buses and trolleys that remain parked in the depots.

-To take substantial measures of financial support to aid the affected companies, instead of shamelessly boasting that the safety-cushion belongs to him”.

Concluding his televised message, Alexis Tsipras noted that “we are facing critical and historic moments. Liability decisions are required. No more lies and propaganda; at least to prevent the worst, and to protect the value of human life. But also to live with dignity”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to announce new measures in the afternoon to address the COVID-19 pandemic. /ibna