It was certainly not a good idea for the minister responsible for the mass lay-offs in Greek public sector to make an appearance near protesting school guards. Hardly had Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Minister for Administrative Reform got off his car outside the Interior Ministry in downtown Athens, when the group of angry protesters started to chant “Thug! Thug!” Within minutes, a man moved towards the minister, allegedly with raised fists.
Mitsotakis’ body guards and policemen were quick to surround the raging man and push him away from the minister, while the protesters were booing the minister and wishing him to go to hell.
Speaking to news website newsit.gr the raging man, Andreas Matsakas, said he had no intention to hit the minister, but only to talk to him.
“I am school guard in Aegaleio and they cheat us since four months. They found a category of people and they cheat us. I didn’t attack the minister, I just wanted to talk to him, to give us answers what will happen with us. I have 3 children, he should tell us what will happen with us. But he deigns to talk to us, are we an inferior class of people?
Speaking to zougla.gr Matsakas spoke of “social racism”, said that the school guards were orinigally unemployed form the private sector and that they got the job according to “social criteria”.
“We are unemployed, got the job and now we’re unemployed again. What shall I say to my three children?”
The service of school guards is to be assigned to private companies with EU funding, “with a salary of 400 euro per month for the workers,” Matsakas claimed.