Greece’s major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras filed a motion of censure on Nov. 7 in Parliament asking the members – a majority of whom are controlled by the government – to reprimand their own administration for a pre-dawn riot police raid that ousted former workers at the closed national broadcaster ERT from the building they had occupied since being fired in June.
“You have no social support and popular legalization,” Tsipras said in Parliament to the governmental majority. “The destructive course has to stop now,” he added. He asked for activation of Article 142 (Parliament regulation.)
“It is our duty to do it,” he said. “The government deceived the people,” he said as he deposited the motion against Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ administration, which is made up of the New Democracy Conservative leader and his coalition partner, PASOK Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos, who is his Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister.
“The government received a mandate to renegotiate the austerity measures but did not succeed in taking advantage of it for renegotiation,” he said on the floor of Parliament, addressing Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who was representing the government at the session.
“I am informing the body that the Parliamentary group of SYRIZA decided to make use of Article 142 … against Samaras’ government,” he added. “The destructive course has to stop now …. we don’t have the right to accept this institutional deviation.”