By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 07 Feb 2021 • 20:37
Kyriakos Mitsotakis was filmed enjoying lunch on the Aegean seaside with an entourage in excess of his own Covid laws - Image Source: Twitter
GREEK Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is under fire from opponents and the public after images emerged of him allegedly flouting Covid rules.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis was filmed having lunch at the seafront home of an MP on the Aegean Island of Ikaria that was in breach of the Covid-19 rules his government had rolled out that very day.
To curb the spread of the virus, Greece has imposed a ban on gatherings of more than nine people – which the PM’s lunch gathering was allegedly in breach of. Footage of the meal spread rapidly across Greek social media, leading to political and public outcry across the country.
Mitsotakis has apologised for disappointing the public during his trip to the island, where he was visiting to oversee Ikaria’s vaccine rollout. However, he maintains that excess guests at the meal were locals who had gathered to see him and that social distancing was adhered to during the outdoor lunch.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the opposition Syriza party and former Greek PM who served during the country’s financial crisis, blasted Mitsotakis in an Instagram video – decrying his “profound presumption and arrogance”.
This is not the PM’s first Covid scandal – in December he was forced to apologise after images surfaced of him posing with the public during a mountain biking trip near Athens where no social distancing or facemask use was taking place.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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