In an effort to disorient public opinion from the agenda of the upcoming new antipeople measures, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras made an unscheduled television appearance on Monday night to announce a €1.4bn “social dividend” to be paid next month to more than 3m Greeks who have been hit hardest by the country’s seven-year recession and the antiworkers-antipeople policies implemented by the governments of ND, PASOK and SYRIZA. The handout would include €720m in one-off payments for low-income Greeks and €315m in rebates for earlier cuts in healthcare payments, Premier Tsipras said.
The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) issued a statement denouncing the Prime Minister's announcements as "crude and shameless propaganda". More specifically, the statement of the Press Office of the CC of the KKE writes:
"When the SYRIZA-ANEL government is preparing a new round of antipeople prerequisites that crushes even the last welfare allowances, when it brings in the Parliament a budget of tax-robbery, when it launches the electronic auctions against people's properties, when it targets more decisively the right to strike, the nightly appearances of Mr Tsipras in order to distribute "social dividends"- from the Greek people's poverty surplus- can be interpreted only as crude and shameless propaganda.
However, the greatest mockery is the one that members of the SYRIZA-ANEL government talk about on a daily basis and which the Prime Minister repeated, about the relief of the people and fair development, [an argument] which is collapsing in front of the barbarity that the people are living, as a result of the policy that this government also implements thus receiving for that congratulations by the EU and the IMF.