SYRIZA: Mitsotakis' policy can be described as deceptive and plunder

SYRIZA President Alexis Tsipras

Spokesperson of the main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, Nassos Iliopoulos, said on Thursday that "Prime Minister Mitsotakis' policy can be described with two words: Deception and plundering."

While speaking to Thessaloniki radio station "Sto Kokkino", he said that "Kyriakos Mitsotakis claimed that he is supporting the citizens with 10 percent for purchases, equal to the rate of inflation," but actually "knows that he is lying, because inflation in food is much higher".

Iliopoulos also noted that "73 pct of citizens claim that Greece does not only have high prices but also profiteering".

The government's refusal to reduce VAT on basic foods shows that the "plundering of the citizens bears Mitsotakis' signature," he added.

"We do not ask people to be patient until the elections. When they steal from you, when the rule of law is abolished, when you are afraid of losing your house, you can't be patient," stated SYRIZA-PA's spokesperson.

"The only way to stop the New Democracy government's disastrous policy and ensure ND's defeat in the elections is the way of organising, collectiveness and solidarity," he added.

Asked about Greek MEP Eva Kaili, he said that the case revealed what law enforcement authorities were capable of when there was the necessary will and that "in the specific case, apart from the the huge issue of the cash, there was also an issue in terms of the stance adopted toward Qatar on labour rights".

Elsewhere, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) parliamentary group spokesperson, Nikos Karathanassopoulos, in statements on Thursday to ANT1 TV, said that "the people should not wait for 'saviours' who only redistribute poverty and increase social inequalities".

As he said "the common factor of all governments was that they took both emergency and permanent measures against the popular classes, devastating working-class incomes, and are now handing out benefits that are temporary, meagre and do not cover the losses."

"The government's measures do not address the causes of the price hikes, which will continue in 2023," the spokesperson added.

Karathanassopoulos noted that the people should target the true culprits of the price hikes, namely, the policy implemented by all governments in the previous years that included the liberalisation of the energy market, the 'green transition', Greece's participation in imperialist plans and warfare and the crushing of labour rights for a cheap workforce that serves capital and a looting through tax".

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