The leader of main opposition SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras came under fire on Tuesday for refusing to publicly rebuke party MP Pavlos Polakis, who posted a photo of himself eating at a friend’s house where none of the people gathered around the table was observing physical distancing or wearing a mask.
Asked by Star TV on Monday night about the behavior of his former deputy health minister, Tsipras admitted that it was a negative image, but added that Polakis had undergone a coronavirus test a few hours earlier and tested negative.
“His participation in the meal was not negative in itself as he had taken the test, but it could be perceived as inciting citizens [not to observe safety protocols],” he said.
In a statement, ruling New Democracy accused Tsipras of essentially covering for Polakis.
According to reports, Polakis’ behavior was also derided within SYRIZA as well.