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New Democracy and SYRIZA on fighting terms after accusations of promoting terrorism

11 June 2012 / 17:06:19  GRReporter
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Victoria Mindova

"SYRIZA has no connection with some individuals’ inducement to a guerrilla war, revolution or terrorism." This is what a senior representative of the radical left party said for GRReporter exclusive after in the last few days, the name of SYRIZA was connected with allegations in support of extremist ideas against the state and in launching guerrilla warfare.

Over the weekend, New Democracy released a video of the extremely prominent Ifikratis Amiras, who had appeared in the lists of SYRIZA’s candidate deputies in April, but was subsequently removed from them. In the video, that has been made public, he urges the Greeks to become organized in small groups of three or four people and to begin gradual attacks against the occupation government of PASOK. Amiras encourages the masses to begin arming themselves with all possible means to prepare for a general revolt against the government. He insists that citizens must be fully equipped - from Molotov cocktails to knives, axes, guns and other means of attack. In his speeches spread through social networks, he calls the economic policies imposed by the Memorandum of financial aid a policy of the new junta, insisting that the only way for Greece to rid itself of the policy imposed is by evoking popular anger and violence.

New Democracy refers to video documents from the period of the Discontented in Syntagma in 2011. According to the members of New Democracy, they show the true face of SYRIZA and the right party spokesman Yiannis Michelakis believes that the radical left has a hidden platform, which is to take Greece to exit the euro area, while protecting the interests of the lobby of the drachma.

SYRIZA’s reply has not been late in coming and all senior party representatives have denied the claim that Ifikratis Amiras is related to their political organization and its divisions. "Amiras was never a party member nor was he officially included in the lists of candidates for deputy," said Panos Skourletis exclusively for GRReporter. He explained that Ifikratis Amiras had nominated himself alone with the part list, which had been announced on 20 April this year. Then, his nomination was revised by a special commission and was rejected. The press office of the left noted that the party has an open platform and everyone is entitled to nominate himself as a candidate without being a party member, but that does not mean that he or she would be accepted. "The things said by Amiras contradict the basic positions of SYRIZA and the social, democratic and ideological purposes of our party," he noted.

SYRIZA’s sources insist that by disclosing the information about Amiras a week before the election New Democracy is cheaply attempting to tarnish the name of the party. They are talking about a diversion and an unfair media war. Following the turmoil caused in all Greek media by the calls for guerrilla revolution and violence, Ifikratis Amiras showed up to only deny any connection with SYRIZA. However, he remained behind his ideas.


Tags: PoliticsSYRIZANew DemocracyTurmoilGuerrilla warfareTerrorism
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