Deputy Interior Minister Christoforos Vernardakis accused the President of the Greek Paralympics Team, Simo Paltsanitidis of being a fascist. Cause for the Minister’s anger was a comment posted by Paltsanitidis on his Facebook page, where he accused SYRIZA of going “more and more to the right with the aim to sell off values, ideals, homeland, Nation and sovereignty…”
The Minister commented on Paltsanitidis’ post and described him as “fascist” and “racist”.
An outrage broke out in Greek social media and comments sections of websites. Many internet user blamed the Minister for using “unacceptable descriptions for a man with disabilities” who furthermore has won for Greece several medals in international sports meetings and has been awarded with a series of honors.
The president of the Paralympics Team demanded that the minister apologizes.
However, a day later, the Minister stroke back and posted on his FB page a comment written by a journalist, that reads:
“Someone who is disabled -and more than this also a member of the Greek Paralympics team – is an issue and disability fully deserves the respect and the undivided support of the state and of the citizens.
But, though: no disability, no physical disability can be an alibi and a pardon paper for any fascist and racist points of view.
Anyone who has doubts, should go to the personal page of the Paralympian from Chios to see the truth: abuser of refugees and migrants, abuser of all policies of ‘traitors’ , abuser of the Prime Minister and the Migration Minister, supporter of all kinds of conspiracy theories, in two words: Golden Dawn by 100%.”
Apparently to support the Minister, several Twitter users posted comments and Shares from Paltsanitidis FB account:
Του πρόεδρου Συλλόγου Ολυμπιονικών με Αναπηρία. Δηλαδή, πιο “ανάπηρος” στο μυαλό, μόνο ναζί.