At the International Fair in Thessaloniki, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the imminent end of the pandemic and economic growth. Meanwhile, protests in the northern capital escalated into clashes with the police.
During his annual speech, the Greek prime minister was optimistic that the economy is expected to grow by 5.9% this year, up from the initial estimate of 3.6%, according to the European news channel Euronews. Traditionally Mitsotakis spoke about the government’s economic plans for the coming biennium. This time, the prime minister announced tax cuts and support vulnerable population:
“The end of the pandemic is a foregone conclusion, it is irrevocable, and the only answer to the danger. The economy and society are not going to shut down again.”
However, amid the optimistic speech of the Prime Minister, large-scale protests took place in Thessaloniki, which escalated into clashes with the police. More than 5,000 police officers have been recruited in anticipation of protests by trade unions against mandatory vaccination of health workers and economic government policies. Law enforcers used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters.