Tsipras lashes out over planned privatisation of Hellenic Defence Systems

In a harsh attack against the government on Wednesday, Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras accused it of "acting like a thief that breaks in over August, when people are away".
"In the same fashion, they are staying in Parliament in order to pass laws that demolish society and sell off public wealth," he said while addressing the workforce at Hellenic Defence Systems, the company created by the merger of Hellenic Arms Industry and the state-owned munitions firm PYRKAL.
"This September must be the last month when we have a government that acts counter to the majority of the Greek people," he said, stressing his categoric opposition to the planned privatisation of Hellenic Defence Systems.
He urged staff to fight against this relentlessly, until the bitter end, stressing that Hellenic Defence Systems was the country's only domestic defence industry firm and accusing the two main parties of deliberately driving it into decline so as to sell it off "for peanuts".

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