The online questionnaire uploaded by the Youth organization of ruling left-wing SYRIZA is theoretically a sociological research, an attempt to gather the opinion of the basic of the youth organization. However, several questions are unconventional and even rename the criminal offense of “theft” into “activism”. The questionnaire triggered an outrage not only among the opposition parties but also within the coalition government partner, Independent Greeks (ANEL).
The respondents are asked about thefts in supermarkets aiming to distribute food to the vulnerable, participation in squats of public buildings, violent protests, whether they deal violently with racist groups.
The admittedly unconventional questions triggered an outrage among the opposition parties.
“Are you involved in organized theft from supermarket chains and distribution of products to civilians?”
The question runs under the name “unconventional activism actions”
Respondents have the choice among: “I would neither support or participate”, “I would support”, “I would participate”, “I have participated in the past & do so in the future”.
Other questions ask respondents whether they would support/participate or not
- occupation of symbolic targets (offices of politicians and political parties, banks)
- bulding squats aiming to provide care for minority social groups (housing refugees, school for refugees)
- marches and protests
- violent protests
Other questions refer to “legalization of cannabis”, “abolishment of compulsory military service”, :legislation for parenting by homosexual couples”.
Another question worth noting is “where the death penalty would be implemented for some kinds of crime.” Death penalty was abolished in 1991, the last execution was 45 years before. And the European Union forbids the death penalty in its member-countries.
The questionnaire has a total of questions, a respondent cannot proceed if one question left unanswered.
Respondents can determine their ideology as
- socialist, liberal, communist, social-democrat, anti-authoritarian, centrist, rightist, patriot, libertarian, orthodox
However they cannot check multiple options.
The questionnaire was published ahead of the first Congress of the SYRIZA Youth “Collegiality – Struggle – Solidarity” scheduled form 6-9 April 2017.
Main opposition party New Democracy said in a statement “Under SYRIZA, the impossible and illegal turn normal,” and urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to intervene and stop “this derailing.”
the Youth of SYRIZA replied to ND speaking of “mud throwing, lies, disinformation and misinterpretation” and accusing ND of having no idea about scientific research.
PASOK Youth said “the activism of theft is SYRIZA’s dream.”
There have been indeed one or two raids in supermarkets in the past.
Recently, police raided two squats hosting refugees and migrants in Athens.
PS I have no idea whether the questionnaire is just about activism and not also about other crucial questions of Greece’s youth like unemployment, euro, politics, economy etc.
I assume, it’s just about activism though.