‘Government responsible for explosion of neonazi violence in Stavroupoli,’ SYRIZA spokesperson says

The government is clearly responsible for the explosion of neonazi violence around the school in the Thessaloniki district of Stavroupoli, main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said on Thursday, in an interview with radio ‘Sto Kokkino 105.5 FM’.

He said the way the issue was handled by the ruling New Democracy party was “deeply worrying”, adding that it was incapable of defending the social majority in the face of a series of crises and challenges, “but fully able to defend the interests of the few and powerful.”

According to Iliopoulos, the school was a known hangout for young supporters of far right Golden Dawn, and he accused ND of being unable to explicitly put a name to the problem and admit that “we have attacks by neonazis”. This indicated a lack of will to deal with the problem, he added, noting that “there has never before been an education minister that in a message for October 28 did not even mention the word ‘fascism’ and this indicative of the alt-right hegemony in ND’s entire narrative.”

He also accused the government of “throwing in the towel” on the issue of vaccinations, highlighting the fact that 26 pct of the most vulnerable groups over 80 were unvaccinated, as opposed to 95 pct in the rest of the EU.