Sa­ma­ras de­fends ERT shut­down at ND congress

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Buoyed by the con­fir­ma­tion ear­lier in the day that the Trans Adri­atic Pipe­line (TAP) would pass through Greece, Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras told del­e­gates at the New Democ­racy congress in Athens that the coun­try would soon at­tract more in­vest­ments as he de­fended his re­cent de­ci­sion to shut down pub­lic broad­caster ERT.

Sa­ma­ras said the TAP deal proved that the “prophets of doom” were wrong. The prime min­is­ter said that gas provider DEPA, whose pri­va­ti­za­tion was aban­doned ear­lier this month, would also be sold soon.

On ERT, Sa­ma­ras ad­mit­ted that New Democ­racy and PA­SOK had dam­aged the broad­caster by mak­ing po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments but the pre­mier claimed most of the ap­pointees were left­ists. He said the de­ci­sion to shut the TV and ra­dio ser­vice down was the only way to deal with its “sin­ful” past.

“You can­not make an omelet with­out break­ing eggs,” he told some 4,000 del­e­gates, adding a warn­ing for ERT em­ploy­ees that con­tinue to broad­cast from its head­quar­ters that “sit-ins” would not be tol­er­ated.

Sa­ma­ras had to in­ter­rupt his speech briefly to sit down. It is thought that his re­lent­less sched­ule over the past few days and a re­ported stom­ach virus prompted the brief pause. Sa­ma­ras is due to give the clos­ing speech at the congress to­mor­row.

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