Speech of the Minister of Citizen Protection at a gathering of ND officials in Patras – “Turkey uses immigrants every day”
“In an environment of international turmoil, the ND and the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakisare the only guarantee for democracy, unity, progress and development”, emphasized, among other things, the Minister of Citizen Protection, Takis Theodorikakosspeaking tonight at a gathering of ND executives, at the offices of the governing committee of the electoral district of Achaia, in Patras.
Also, during his speech, he mentioned that “three years after the 2019 election victory, a lot has happened” and added: “Years of empowerment for Greece, but also years of unprecedented international challenges and threats for all of us. Because the truth is that during this time we moved forward. The Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the entire government as a whole, kept the steering wheel of the homeland on the right course with a firm hand. With timely and correct decisions, with the support of society, with reforms, with courage in difficult times, with responsibility in critical ones”.
In particular, speaking about the critical issues, he mentioned, “the national threat at the borders of the country, with Turkey to instrumentalize daily in the most provocative way unhappy people, illegal immigrants, the pandemic, which changed the way we live, the war in Europe caused by the illegal and reprehensible Russian invasion, but also the international energy crisis and the unprecedented wave of precision that were fired at the same time.”
Regarding the issues of security, Takis Theodorikakos underlined that “security for us is not a simple proclamation or wording, but is an element that is at the core of our very ideology” and added: “Because we are the deeply popular patriotic faction that promotes unity and social cohesion. Because we believe that security is not a fundamental, just a constitutional right in every organized state, but a coherent element and component of the Republic itself. For this very reason, we feel proud of our work in the field of security. And we also feel vindicated about its results, especially in the area that has to do with low and medium crime, which concerns households.”
Quoting information about Patras and the Achaia, said that “thefts and burglaries for 2022, compared to the first nine months of 2019, are down almost 50%”. At the same time, he continued, “we reinforced the police forces of the area with 88 vehicles of various categories, while, since October, we have also created an office to deal with domestic violence here, staffing it, already, with 12 highly trained police officers, so that an end can be put to the silent tolerance of the last decades, in the face of this sad phenomenon”.
At another point in his speech, Takis Theodorikakos pointed out that “the ND always prioritizes the national interest over the party interest, politicizing, throughout time, with a view to the next generations and not with a view to the next elections”.
Furthermore, he underlined that “in a period of international storms, it is of great importance who holds the helm of the homeland” and added: “Greece needs the continuation of stability and reliability. I deeply believe that, just as in 2019 the majority of measure and logic gave the mandate to govern the country to the ND, this will happen again. I am sure that the Greeks will make the right decision. Now, they have both experience and judgment. They know our work and actions. They know we kept our country standing. We have preserved social cohesion and are taking important steps in development, despite the adversities.”
At the same time, he pointed out that “self-sufficient government of SW it means a strong Greece with deterrent power, based on the armed forces, on international alliances, on our now developed economy, but, above all, on the unity of all Greeks”.
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