Addressing SYRIZA‘s Central Committee meeting on Sunday, Productive Reconstruction Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis accused Greece’s creditors of “the harshest, open blackmail” in their handling of the negotiations with the Greek government.
The head of SYRIZA’s Left Platform strongly criticized the European officials saying that the “smiles conceal the reality.” He called for an agreement that was in line with SYRIZA’s programme, saying the voters had asked for the abolition of the memorandums and that the creditors’ goal was a breakdown in the talks and to “exterminate the government and the country.”
In this case, Lafazanis added, the government needed an alternative plan and to counterattack. He also expressed opposition to privatizations on ideological grounds and because “they would not help to reduce fiscal deficits.”
Lafazanis concluded that the Greek government needed a plan in case it was unable to pay its creditors and to start preparing the people about what may happen next.