The policemen’s union, POASY, accused Parliamentary Speaker Zoe Constantopoulou of failing to show the appropriate respect for the force after she criticized an officer on Wednesday for not allowing protesters to pass Parliament.
“It is clear that such actions do not serve our primary goal, which is to improve the relationship between the police and the public,” said POASY, which represents some 40,000 police personnel.
It added that through her actions, Constantopoulou compounded the stereotype of policemen as the people’s enemy.
The parliamentary speaker said Thursday that she was attempting to ensure that Parliament would not be seen as hostile towards citizens and accused the media of distorting her actions.
“When cancer sufferers did not have medicines, when there were no drugs at hospitals, some TV stations were not paying their taxes,” she added as part of her attack on the media.