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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-04

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  • [01] PASOK leader addresses Athens election rally

  • [01] PASOK leader addresses Athens election rally

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addressed his party's main rally in Athens on Thursday evening, ahead of Sunday's Euroelections, appealing to all social groups and to people voting for the ruling New Democracy (ND) party in the previous elections and stressing that "our struggle is also their struggle" and using the phrase "we can together" many times.

    Papandreou's address contained many accusations against the government, as well as an attack on Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, whom he accused of "closing Parliament to cover up and write off the offences of his ministers", while stressing that the Karamanlis government "demolished Greece."

    The PASOK leader reiterated the slogan "either we change or we sink" and said that Greece "shall not sink and will change course on Sunday." He also said he was "determined to clash with interests" to achieve the goals he has set against extravagance, corruption and impunity.

    "In your name I am determined to clash with both the big interests and with corruption that is dissolving Greece and we shall win together because my only duty is my duty to the people and to the homeland," he said.

    "On June 7 we are voting for Europe. We are deciding for Greece," the PASOK leader said and pointed out that "every vote for PASOK is a useful vote, a vote for the present and the future."

    Papandreou also said that "the victory shall be a victory of our great democratic party, of the many over the few and powerful" and called on the citizens to vote in the elections and stressed that "there are those who are resorting to propaganda for abstention: The few, the powerful, 'our guys', who would like it very much if we left them in peace."

    He noted that "abstention is a vote of tolerance for the downhill course" and added that "on Sunday we shall change so as not to sink."

    The PASOK leader further said that "the Karamanlis government received Greece with prospects, self-confidence, with a development momentum and optimism and it demolished it," while also accusing the government of "losing without a fight historic opportunities for the homeland", serving those who are "likable" and not the worthy and sinking "in inequality, lawlessness and the decomposition of the state of law."

    Papandreou criticised the government for its policy in its entirety and said that the dilemma on June 7 was clear: Providing the government with a "blank cheque" or "putting an end to bounced cheques."

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