Democratic Greeks are shocked. Not only because extreme-right Chrysi Avgi managed to emerge as sixth party with 6.97% and 21 seats in the parliament. But because of an incident on Sunday night, short before party leader Nikos Michaloliakos was about to address the media, television reporters were asked to leave the hall if Michaloliakos’ speech would not be on live broadcast.
Then things got even worst: a henchman imperatively urged the journalists to rise and “show respect to Michaloliakos”. “This is customary with us” the bully man told the stunned reporters as some of them raised objections. “We are here for a statement…” says a woman reporter. “If you do not want to rise, you may leave the hall” the bully man is heard to say on the video that circulates on Greek mass media and television channels.
Many journalists demand now the intervention of the journalists’ union ESHEA.
Twenty-one members of Chrysi Avgi are going to occupy 21 seats at the Greek parliament. In the prefecture of Attica alone, the party elected 8 members of the parliament.
The ChrAv MPs are unknown to Greeks, even to those who voted for the party. ChrAvgi claims its candidates were not invited by the Greek mass media during the elections campaign, journalists claim they were invited but never appeared in talk-shows or accepted invitations to interviews.
Michaloliakos made a successful campaign appealing to the anti-immigrants and anti-Memorandum sentiment of angry Greek voters.
PS Can you imagine Chrysi Avgi demand MPs to rise when Michaloliakos enters the Parliament?