“Our country is experiencing an unspeakable national tragedy. The pain is great. The images of families that died in each others arms are shocking,” main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims. At this time, we all have to stand beside them and support them in every way.
I also want to express my gratitude to the men and women of the fire brigade, but also the volunteers who, discounting any personal danger, saved lives.
On the anniversary of the restoration of democracy, the outcome is sad: The Greek state, through the years, is unable to effectively protect the lives and property of its citizens.
Today, however, is not the time to assign blame. While the country is in mourning, there is no point in confrontation.
Now is the time for unity and solidarity. Let us just think silently that something has to change and that we must finally move from easy words to difficult actions.”