Monday, May 27, 2013

State Scraps Anti-Racist Bill - Says It's Unconstitutional

By on 27.5.13

The State Legislative Commission said on Monday that the controversial anti-racist bill which PASOK and DIMAR have been pressuring the government to ratify is totally unconstitutional and therefore should be totally ignored. As noted by Supreme Court Judge Fotis Kafmenakis, the bill is not only unconstitutional but it is also "unnecessary" since the existing legislative framework covers all the provisions that the anti-racist bill sought for.

Besides the PASOK-DIMAR anti-racist law denies the importance of genocidal crimes, or crimes against humanity, war criminals and the crimes of Nazism and Fascism. At the same time it directly violates the Greek Constitution and the right of all citizens to partake in the social and political life (article 5, section 1). It also violates the right to free expression of ideas and the prohibition of Press censorship (article 14, section 1 and 2). It also violates the freedom of religious consciousness (article 13, section 1) - since it demands to forbid expression against other dogmas which is a basic element of the freedom of speech.

Thankfully for us, there are still some legislators who have common sense.

In the meantime, and in a bid to mend a widening rift in his fragile government regarding the fate of a contentious anti-racism bill, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras would meet with his coalition partners on Monday afternoon for talks that are expected to be very heated (amid reports that the smaller parties feel sidelined by conservative New Democracy).

The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Maximos Mansion, was called to resolve the dispute over the anti-racist law.

All of last week ND officials, and countless press reports, expressed serious concerns that the proposed anti-racist law would impinge on freedom of expression, prompting angry reactions from the two smaller parties, PASOK and Democratic Left, who know all of this but are desperate to get the bill to Parliament.

The bill also caused upheaval within the government’s inner circle with Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis, who is aligned with DIMAR, pushing back against ND’s attempts to freeze the bill, or to heavily amend it before submission. Democratic Left officials and other critics have accused the conservatives of yielding to opposition to the bill by the Church and the armed forces.

(What about the general public? Why not conduct a poll and see if it was accepted by the general population you m***rons!)

PASOK officials have struck a similar tone.

Over the weekend, PASOK leader, Evangelos Venizelos went a step further, firing a broadside at the New Democracy party for its general approach to governance. Addressing his party’s political central committee on Saturday, Venizelos accused the conservatives of “thinking that the government is a one-party administration” and repeated that PASOK is “cooperating with ND but is not politically aligned with it.”

(Thank God it isn't!)

In comments that suggested he would push again for a cabinet reshuffle, Venizelos said he would call for “a comprehensive evaluation of the operation of the government and its representatives.”

And if that wasn't enough, SYRIZA accused the New Democracy of pandering to far right Golden Dawn. Speaking to SKAI radio on Monday, SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s party of having direct lines of communication with Golden Dawn.
     “There is a conscious political convergence between the government and neoNazi Golden Dawn,” said Skourletis.
The SYRIZA representative said that if the meeting between the coalition leaders ends in disagreement and the bill is not brought to Parliament, the leftist party would press for new legislation to be drawn up.
     “However, tackling neoNazism is not just an issue of a single draft law,” added Skourletis.
Samaras should really strike back at characters such as Venizelos, and the DIMAR and SYRIZA parties. He should even threaten them with elections. As it is, SYRIZA is dropping everyday in popularity, PASOK on the other hand is in a complete shambles and it is highly unlikely that this party will even be able to mass the 3% needed to get into Parliament again. And let us not even speculate what DIMAR's percentage will be in the next election countdown either! We are certain here at HellasFrappe that all of these pseudo-Leftists will calm their hormones once Samaras puts them into their place.

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