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article imagePhilosopher advises sending non SYRIZA supporters to gulag

By Katerina Nikolas     May 22, 2013 in Politics
A Slovenian philosopher and ardent supporter of the Greek extreme left political party SYRIZA has suggested that to ensure a democratic future all those who do not support SYRIZA should be given one-way tickets to the gulag.
The Greek crisis has driven many people to support extremist parties in Greece, with the coalition of the extreme left polling alternatively first or second, while the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) consistently polls third. Whilst the latter often dominate international headlines less attention is paid to the extremes of the left.
Controversy had blown up though over remarks made at the Subversive Festival in Croatia, attended by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras. Ekathimerini reported Tsipras met with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek at the festival, who expressed his support for Greece's far-left by stating: "SYRIZA is one of the bright lights in Europe today."
Zizek then went on to say that those people who do not support SYRIZA "in my vision of the democratic future, all these people will get from me a first class one-way ticket to [a] gulag.”
Alexis Tsipras has not spoken out against Zikek's comments, prompting former PASOK minister Theodoros Pangalos to call for Alexis Tsipras to be imprisoned for not condemning Zizek's comments according to Proto Thema.
New Democracy, the leading party in the current coalition government, released a statement saying Zikek's comments were "bloodcurdling and repulsive" and questioning Tsipras' silence. In turn SYRIZA released a statement criticising New Democracy for taking the comments seriously, saying "It seems that stupidity and absurdity has no limits at New Democracy."
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