“Greeks face an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe as health, education and public administration collapse, salaries and pensions shrink, while the unemployment is on the rise with one out of two young people without job,” Rena Dourou, MP from left-wing SYRIZA, told Austrian newspaper “Wiener Zeitung“.
“The policies of IMF bring nothing except deeper recession and crisis, ” Dourou said.
Referring to the extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) Dourou pointed out that this phenomenon does not concern only Greece but the whole Europe.
“The acts of violence by the members of Golden Dawn harm democracy. European countries that have experience with this phenomenon, must clearly take position. Today, the Golden Dawn attempts to fascistically undermine the democratic institutions in Greece. What will happen tomorrow?”
Last June, an MP of GD threw a glass of water at Dourou and punched a Communist MP during a live TV show. Dourou told WZ that she didn’t consider it as a personal attack, but as a symbol of the GD mentality:
“That was not a purely personal dispute. It was symbolic for the mentality of Golden Dawn. This can be summed up in one word: violence. Both physically and verbally. And this did not take long, it erupted after Golden Dawn got seven percent at the elections and won 18 seats in the parliament. The attacks on immigrants, but also against Greek citizens are growing every day, attacks in public places, in hospitals, at flea markets. The most shocking thing is that the members of Golden Dawn do not even hide. With their open racist messages, they want to intimidate immigrants and Greeks who disagree with them. As society, we need to respond immediately, with resolution and solidarity. SYRIZA will not allow them to subvert democracy.”
PS A society in distress, a broke state, humanitarian catastrophe and violence by elected members of a political party. What will happen tomorrow?