Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta labels government a ‘junta’

Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta in the Peloponnese launched an outspoken attack on the government on Thursday, labeling it a ?junta,? while declaring his admiration for Nikos Dertilis, the last member of Greece?s military dictatorship who is still in prison.

Amvrosios had expressed support earlier this week for the release of Dertilis, prompting Deputy Justice Minister Giorgos Petalotis to label the bishop?s comments ?incomprehensible.?

Amvrosios responded referring to the government as a ?junta that bypasses Parliament and agrees to the [emergency loan] memorandum with the signature of just one person. I detest it.?

The bishop went on to praise Dertilis, a former military officer known for his active role in the bloody crushing of a student revolt in 1973, including murdering one of the protesters.

?It is not possible that various hooded attackers move about freely, wreaking destruction at will and remain unpunished while some brave men, regardless of whether they are generals or soldiers, remain in jail,? he said.