Greek lawmakers, ministers, journalists and personnel found themselves in the grip of angry protesters while they were leaving the Parliament building Tuesday night in Athens. Police and fire brigades built barricade with vehicles to allow the politicians to leave the area without harm. It was shortly after 10 p.m. when protesters gathered around the main entrance of the Parliament, ‘trapping’ inside the lawmakers in the building. A Plan B was quickly put into practice. A ‘heroic exodus’ through a rare exit. Police squads escorted some 30 members of the parliament through the darkened paths of the National Gardens.
However the fear of being located by the protesters hindered the policemen to light their torches. And yet! Protesters got a whiff of the fleeing MPs and got together at the exit.
At the same time, MP’s drivers were leaving the Parliament main entrance in order to pick them up on a side road. The angry protesters kept chanting “Thieves! Thieves!” and “Traitors!”, booing and cursing. Some even hit with their hands the windows of the cars. A rain of typical Greek gestures of insult, Moutzes, fell towards the cars of the lawmakers even if they were not inside.
Security forces had failed to cordon the area and protect the lawmakers as huge crowds of protesters flocked in front of the Parliament for the seventh consecutive day. The crowds swelled as people who had earlier attended the protest rally organized by musician Mikis Theodorakis joined the protesters at Syntagma Square. Theodorakis had urged the people to stand up and oppose the austerity measures.
It was the first time after the begin of the peaceful protests by “Indignant” Greeks last Wednesday that the situation went out of control.
“Indignant” Politicians React
Greek politicians reacted with indignation to the incidents and took their place in front of radio microphones and television cameras to express their indignation.
“No to leveling of politics, not to leveling of Democracy” said Mariliza Xenogiannaopoulou, alternate Foreign Minister.
“No to collectively condemning of lawmakers” said former Minister Gerasimos Giakoumatos, from centre-right Nea Dimokratia. He spoke of lawmakers with vision who worked hard and stressed that “When people chant ‘Burn Down, Bor… Parliament’ , OK let it burn, but what do you suggest? Let the Memorandum go away, but what do you suggest?”
“The implementation of these cries may lead to difficult situations” said another lawmaker from ND.
Parliament speaker, Philippos Petsalnikos stated ” On the occasion of the incidents where some attempted to enclose the Greek Parliament, I am obliged to highlight the dangers of such phenomena for our Democracy.
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