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Greece: 'Greece must go forward' - Athenians react to call for snap election

4 618 28.05.2019 Инфо

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M/S Public Market, Athens
SOT, Mrs. Evgenia, Athens resident (Greek): "I was totally disappointed with the election result.
We should have avoided to vote New Democracy. I do not trust them because when Greek national issues were discussed in the European parliament, such as the genocide of the Pontians, the New Democracy MPs were absent."
SOT, Mrs. Evgenia, Athens resident (Greek): "Regarding the decision for a snap vote I consider that it involves deception. Syriza are trying to collect their remains, their ruins. As time passes more and more people will go away from Syriza. I also believe that people will not vote differently in a snap vote. They will vote the same way they did in the European election."
SOT, Mrs. Evgenia, Athens resident (Greek): "All of the people in Greece are sheep. I am not. I refuse to accept that. So people will follow the same path. The job of Syriza was to sell off Macedonia and the Aegean islands and now New Democracy will come back. But now all of Greece is sold. This country is owned by the Germans and the banks. Unfortunately."
C/U Fruit stall
SOT, Mrs. Vasilikoula, Athens resident (Greek): "The vote for Mr. [Kyriakos] Mitsotakis was the right decision in yesterday's EU election. People are in despair with Mr. [Alexis] Tsipras. Syriza took everything from us with high taxes."
SOT, Mrs. Vasilikoula, Athens resident (Greek): "The result of the snap vote will be in favour of Mr. Mitsotakis. I repeat that people are desperate because of Syriza."
SOT, Mrs. Vasilikoula, Athens resident (Greek): "People do not have money. There is high taxation. People cannot manage their needs. From the one side there is high taxation and from the other side there are austerity cuts. How can we manage our needs with this situation? [It is] very difficult."
SOT, Nikos, Athens resident (Greek): "Regarding the result of the European election I am happy that the Greek people voted against Tsipras. They had to do this. But on the other hand I am disappointed because Greeks do not yet know how to vote correctly. Liberals who speak very correctly did not get votes. And there are also two small political parties like [Yanis] Varoufakis' and [Kyriakos] Velopoulos' who are against the Memorandum agreement with Europe and they both elected one MP each. It is a shame for Greek people to elect Varoufakis who has destroyed Greece. This means that there are a few Greeks who still believe in what Varoufakis says. Regarding the snap vote, it was expected with these results of the EU elections. I believe that New Democracy will win the snap vote, maybe with a lower percentage, because the vote during the EU election is a 'relaxed' vote. But sure, we will have a new Prime Minister after the snap vote. And this is right."
SOT, Efi, Athens resident (Greek): "I was expecting this result in the European election. Greece must finally go forward. Greece was kneeling during all of these years. So people have sent a powerful message that we want something else. I am pleased with this result because Greece will go forward for something new, something better because until now we have been very much troubled."
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Athens residents reacted on Monday to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' call for snap general elections following the defeat of his Syriza party in European and local elections on Sunday.
"Syriza are trying to collect their remains, their ruins. As time passes more and more people will go away from Syriza. I also believe that people will not vote differently in a snap vote. They will vote the same way they did in the European election," said resident Mrs. Evgenia after stating she was "disappointed" with the election result.
Some residents expressed satisfaction with Syriza's electoral defeat, which was accompanied by a rise in votes for the conservative New Democracy party.
"People are in despair with Mr. [Alexis] Tsipras. Syriza took everything from us with high taxes," said resident Mrs. Vasilikoula.
According to resident Niko, "New Democracy will win the snap vote, maybe with a lower percentage, because the vote during the EU election is a 'relaxed' vote. But sure, we will have a new Prime Minister after the snap vote. And this is right."
"I was expecting this result in the European election. Greece must finally go forward. Greece was kneeling during all of these years. So people have sent a powerful message that we want something else," said resident Efi.
On Sunday, Tsipras said he would ask the Greek President for the "immediate announcement of the national elections."
The New Democracy party scored 33.3 percent in the European ballot, with Syriza tailing behind with 23.7 percent.
Reports have indicated June 30 as a likely date for the snap election.