Few MPs brave entry into besieged Parliament on Wednesday morning

Parliamentary sessions continued in spite of the protestors surrounding the building since early on Wednesday morning, but not more than 30 of the 300 MPs had braved the crowds in order to attend a debate on an organ transplants bill scheduled for that morning.
Even though Health Minister Andreas Loverdos insisted that "there were no impasses in Democracy", the climate within the chamber was extremely subdued, while many MPs were jeered by protestors as they entered the building.

Toward the middle of the day, deputies on the Committee for Economic Affairs that is due to begin discussing the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy began to arrive one by one, under extremely high security, from the Vassilisis Sofias entrance.

A meeting of PASOK's Parliamentary Work Sector is to begin at 2:30 p.m. with a presentation by Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, while Parliament's Economic Affairs Committee is scheduled to convene roughly two hours later at 4:30 p.m.

During the debate, Loverdos underlined that Parliament was continuing its work and not intimidated, while noting that "we can't solve the issue by denouncing ourselves in order to be likeable. We have responsibilities but primarily we have a responsibility to keep the country upright".

New Democracy's Parliamentary representative Constantinos Tasoulas responded by saying that ND's responsibility was to persuade the government that there was another way out of the crisis.

Independent MP Dora Bakoyannis noted that party leaders had to be in Parliament at this time because, if they weren't, they broadcast a message of fear. She stressed the need for the parties to work together in order to present a united front.

"At this time an aswer must be given from within Parliament and in unity because otherwise tomorrow morning democracy will be in trouble," she said.

Former Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis criticised the fact that many MPs had not been informed that access to Parliament was open since the crowds outside were protesting peacefully and only a handful were capable of triggering extreme events.

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