Sunday’s elections are not about “euro or drachma” but “euro or democracy,” former parliamentary speaker Zoe Constantopoulou said on Tuesday as she addressed a Popular Unity rally in central Athens, during which she launched a fierce attack on the third bailout and her former SYRIZA colleagues.
Until recently one of Alexis Tsipras’s staunchest advocates, Constantopoulou accused the previous government of “betraying dreams and handing over the new and next generations as fodder for the Minotaur of the memorandum.”
Constantopoulou also claimed that Sunday’s elections are the first in recent years in Greece when the country’s lenders have appeared calm about the potential outcome.
“They should compensate the country for loading loans onto society so illegal debt could be paid,” she said.
Constantopoulou has not joined Popular Unity, which is led by ex-energy minister Panayiotis Lafazanis, but will be running on the anti-bailout party’s ticket.