Greek opposition parties, labor unions react strongly to activation of EU-IMF safety net

11:00, April 24, 2010      

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Greek main opposition party leader Antonis Samaras criticized on Friday afternoon the Greek socialist government for the decision to resort to the EU-IMF safety net.

"What should not happen is a reality now. Without planning the government blames others for its own faults. Markets lost confidence to Greece because of long delays in action and now the Premier paints the future with dark colors, talking about a new Odyssey," said Samaras, head of the centre-Right New Democracy.

Stressing that the main opposition party suggested an alternative mix of economic policies to tackle the crisis, he pledged "more interventions to help Greece get out of the IMF mechanism as soon as possible." The Greek government's announcement was met with similar strong reactions from all parties represented in parliament and labor unions.

"The resort to IMF was a defeat for Greece in the struggle against the economic crisis," said George Karatzaferis, president of the far-Right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS).

"The Greek government's decision to resort to the EU-IMF support mechanism helps the interests of the few and not the masses who will face more harsh measures. They lie when they say that there is no money, when they support banks with billions. People should fight back," commented Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the Greek Communist Party.

"This is a well planned crime against people which will have a deep social impact in Greece in the following months. The government had no right to resort to IMF, when the majority of Greek citizens is against this way," a statement by the Left SYRIZA coalition added.

In a first reaction from labor unions after the latest developments, Spyros Papaspyros, the head of the umbrella union of public servants ADEDY who staged a 24-hour general strike on Thursday, said that employees will respond with more protests.

"The escalation of the mobilizations is the way to give hope and security in our lives," Papaspyros said of Friday, while the union of public transport employees who did not participate in Thursday's strike, already called a six-hour stoppage and demonstration for next Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua


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