Prime minister Antonis Samaras said that he would “not allow democracy to bow to criminal violence" in an interview with a television channel, the Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press agency reported.
"There must be stability and unity and trust by Greeks in their country and trust by foreigners in Greece," Samaras told Mega channel referring to two recent killings in the Athens district of Neo Iraklio.
Attacking the main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA), Samaras said that “violence is always violence and should be condemned; the political parties should denounce violent acts and extreme behaviour that lead to violence. It is unacceptable (for SYRIZA) to call on the people to overthrow the government.”
Referring to the latest round of talks with the Troika of international lenders, Samaras said that even though the sides have big differences, “we are not in a war, it is just negotiation.”
Samaras also pledged that the government will take no additional horizontal austerity measures.