File Photo: Ο πρωθυπουργός Αλέξης Τσίπρας μιλάει κατά τη διάρκεια της Λαϊκής Συνέλευσης στο Δημοτικό Αναψυκτήριο στο Μετόχι στο Βελβεντό Κοζάνης, την Τρίτη 16 Απριλίου 2019. ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ, Andrea Bonetti
The successful struggle of the people of Velvedos to once again make their municipality autonomous, who were finally seeing their efforts vindicated, was an example of direct democracy, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, addressing an assembly of Velvedos residents during his visit to the area on Tuesday.
Tsipras said that the SYRIZA government had granted their request, which corrected a “mistake and great injustice” perpetrated in 2010, with Velvedos was merged with Servia.
- “I did not come here today so you can thank me but so that I can thank you, because with your example of struggle and self-organisation you have taught us a great lesson,” he added. The prime minsiter also announced that the first section of the National Network for the Further Education of New Farmers will be founded and operate in Velvedo.
- He also noted that, like Velvedos, Greece was also regaining its autonomy and economic independence and pointed to the latest developments regarding the premature repayment of International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans:
“We are finally shaking off those who, for the most part, made wrong decisions – the IMF – and we are now in a position to strike out on our own, but with awareness of the difficulties because we have learned our lesson. We are, however, in a position to decide our future ourselves, to know in what way we will avoid returning to the deficits and bankruptcy but at the same time support the weakest, support the middle classes,” he said.
“Today we can say with certainty that, due to the sacrifices of the Greek people, Greece is in a different position from the one it had found itself in previous years. Greece has exited the memoranda and yesterday there was an extremely positive decision,” he said. Tsipras noted that Greece was the only country in the history of the IMF that remained in a programme for eight years and he blamed this on “wrong decisions” in imposing the toughest fiscal adjustment programme ever implemented in Europe, whose wrongness was proved by its results.
“These were the results of the decision made by some technocrats, superseding elected governments. But all that is in the past because the country now has enough capital and liquidity in order to access the markets and borrow,” he added.
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