Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance has called on the government to immediately scrap the sms messages citizens need to send to exit their homes.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis should end without delay the obligation to send an SMS in order for someone to go out during the Easter holidays, SYRIZA said in a statement.
“On May 15 they will stop them [sending sms] anyway simply for the sake of the tourists, regardless of epidemiological conditions,” the statement issued on Good Friday noted.
The party strongly criticized also a statement by State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis who said that “sending sms is a pedagogic measure” for the citizens.
SYRIZA described Gerapatritis’ statement as a “chilling confession that the government was continuing the discredited SMS nonsense in order to ‘train’ the citizens – obviously in a surveillance culture – who for six months have been making sacrifices in a lockdown, only to have them wasted by the incompetence of the ND government.”
PS more and more people I know have stopped sending sms when they go out for several activities in their neighborhood or even within the municipality. And they are not just the young ones but also elderly.