Lover­dos on Golden Dawn com­ment

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

Andreas Lover­dos, a former min­ster of both health and la­bor who now leads a move­ment called RIKSSY, hit out at crit­ics yes­ter­day af­ter his com­ments about far-right Golden Dawn be­ing the “Greek Hezbol­lah” and the “first gen­uine move­ment” to emerge since the fall of the junta in 1974 drew neg­a­tive re­marks.

“Enough of the dem­a­goguery and fas­cism of the sup­posed left­ists,” said Lover­dos, who also said that Golden Dawn was re­spon­si­ble for “ac­tivism in ar­eas where there are great prob­lems.” Soar­ing un­em­ploy­ment is with­out doubt the big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing Greece to­day. No so­ci­ety can main­tain its co­he­sion and bal­ance when the job­less rate stands at nearly 30 per­cent of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion and far higher than that among young peo­ple. How­ever, the only way to gen­er­ate jobs and get peo­ple back to work is through in­vest­ment and the sta­bi­liza­tion of the econ­omy. The state, so­ci­ety and the me­dia must change their hos­tile stance to­ward in­vest­ment and stop see­ing it as some­thing sus­pi­cious and profit as a bad thing. The cre­ation of new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties can only come from the pri­vate sec­tor as the state sim­ply does not have the money to put any more peo­ple on its pay­roll or to make large in­vest­ments. This is the tac­tic the state fol­lowed in the past, and it did so in a waste­ful and disor­ga­nized man­ner that ul­ti­mately led to the bank­ruptcy of the coun­try.

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