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Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

PM: ‘ERT a symbol of obscurity and wastage’

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Speaking at an Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) event at the Athens Concert Hall yesterday Prime Minister Antonis Samaras described ERT as a symbol of obscurity and wastage.

He argued that the government is not closing down the public television but creates a truly public television noting that “the new broadcaster will be given to the Greeks as soon as possible,” protothema.gr writes.

He referred to the consolidation efforts carried out in a milder manner, as he said, but “all failed” because the benefits were so institutionalized that any change would have been practically impossible.

The PM attacked ERT’s unionists, which he said has imposed silence in the media noting that the “last few months there was no case where an important foreigner would come to Greece to support our efforts and not fall upon a “random” ERT strike. They were on strike whenever something important and optimistic was taking place.”

As he pointed out, now that the sinful ERT is closed the hypocrisy that brought Greece to this point is erupting. “We have nothing against the employees. I am referring to the circuits that were draining ERT and now do not want to lose their privileges. All employees will be compensated in the most generous way.”

“What you saw these past few days are the last spasms of a regime of privileges,” Samaras added.

Meanwhile, employees of ERT remain in the courtyard of the building protesting against the closing of Greece’s public television. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people remained inside and outside the premises of ERT Tuesday night, protothema.gr reports.

Banners and flags of various factions and organizations and collectives of organization were waving alongside each other.

A protest rally is expected to be held today. Meanwhile, officials of the public television appeal to citizens to come to Mesogeion to support them.

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