Greece will be changed by its young people, those that are prepared to work hard, take risks and accept responsibilities, main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in his speech to a conference refounding ND’s youth group ONNED on Friday evening. He called on young people to rally to ONNED, make up for lost time and take Greece forward.
“The country does not need any more idle ‘rebels’ with hoods and petrol bombs, or no-go areas of lawlessness,” he said, stressing that Greece will not be changed by arrogant peddlers of theories “that have failed everywhere in the world”.
“Greece will be changed by your generation. By the young people in universities, technological schools, trade schools. By those who dare to start their own enterprises, in spite of the unfavourable environment. By the young people that work in offices, garages, fields and construction sites. By every young person that takes on responsibilities, offers and creates,” he said.
He urged young people from all walks of life to overcome their distaste of politics, which he said had been discredited in their eyes, and to swell the ranks of ONNED, participating in its new start.
Mitsotakis slammed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as “the greatest enemy of youth” Greek politics had ever seen. “He is the youngest prime minister but has the oldest way of thinking,” Mitsotakis said.
“Every day that he stays on clinging to power, opportunities for the younger generation are lost. Every day that he delays in implementing the third Memorandum, the economy’s recovery is delayed. Every day the basic pillars of our democracy are corroded. Without justice, independent authorities, powerful institutions, a competitive education system, no young person can prosper, no young person can have prospects, unless they are a state-supported SYRIZA appointee” he said.
No government can survive with the country’s youth ranged against it but this political change must not long delay since Greece cannot afford to wait, Mitsotakis added.
“Young people don’t wait. The enemy of youth, Mr. Tsipras and his aging government must go the soonest possible. As long as they stay, they keep creative Greece in isolation and its young people marginalised,” he said.
Mitsotakis will visit the semi-autonomous monastic community in Mount Athos next Thursday.