The Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has issued a statement, via Twitter, in response to the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning.
In his statement, the PM expresses the solidarity of Greece towards the Belgian people and underlines that “fear, religious hatred and racism must not defeat Europe”.
A similar stament was issued earlier by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Εκφράζουμε την αλληλεγγύη της Ελλάδας στο Βελγικό Λαό. Ο φόβος, το θρησκευτικό μίσος και ο ρατσισμός δεν πρέπει να νικήσουν την Ευρώπη. #BXL
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) 22 Μαρτίου 2016
The leader of main opposition party New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis also issued a statement, expressing his solidarity to the people of Belgium.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. #brusselsattack
— Kyriakos Mitsotakis (@kmitsotakis) 22 Μαρτίου 2016
Τhe president of PASOK and head of the Democratic Alignment Fofi Gennimata argued in her tweet that “our thoughts are with the Belgian people. Sorrow for the lives lost. Europe will stand as a family against terrorism and fanaticism”.
Η σκέψη μας στον βέλγικο λαό. Θλίψη για τις ζωές που χάθηκαν. Η Ευρώπη μια οικογένεια απέναντι στην τρομοκρατία & τον φανατισμό. #Brussels
— Fofi Gennimata (@FofiGennimata) 22 Μαρτίου 2016
The Independent Greeks spoke of a “Black Tuesday for Brussels – the city symbol of the European Union and the whole of Europe” in its statement and stressed that “unfortunately terrorism is an insidious threat for the democratic and open societies of the Western world, with unpredictable consequences”.
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) noted that “experience has shown that such attacks are taken advantage of escalate imperialist interventions and wars, increasing measures of oppression, xenophobia and intimidating the people”, adding that “the Greek people, all people, must prevent such developments, in the name of confronting terrorism and remain vigilant, particularly when the broader Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East is ‘on fire’, a war is going on and the competition between powerful capitalist countries is escalating dangerously”.
Emergency meeting in Athens – Parliamentary debate postponed
Following the latest terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Prime Minister has called an emergency meeting at his office. The scheduled debate in Parliament on corruption and Justice has reportedly been postponed for next Monday.
The Minister of National Defense Panos Kammenos and Public Order Nikos Toskas are attending the meeting, according to reports. The Police is reportedly taking additional security measures.