Speaking in Parliament, Beglitis issued a stern warning that unless the retired officers withdrew immediately he would give orders to have them removed by force.
Beglitis referred to the incident as "unfortunate" and said he had been informed by Deputy Defence Minister Costas Spiliopoulos that a "group of 100 retired officers were proceeding to behave wretchedly". He accused them of acting in ways that were undemocratic and said this sort of behaviour that was insulting and went counter to the democratic government would be immediately quashed.
He urged all the political parties to condemn the actions of the retired officers and asked main opposition New Democracy, especially, to use its influence to persuade them to depart.
On their part, the opposition parties generally declared their opposition to ruffianism in principle but criticised the minister's response and especially his threat to use force.