Posted on June 20, 2023

Right-Wing Greek MP Expelled From Party Over Racist Migrant Boat Comments

New Arab, June 17, 2023

A right-wing Greek parliamentarian was expelled from the party of former prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, seeking a second term at polls next weekend, for racist remarks after the mass drowning of migrants.


While condemning the “tragic” loss of life, including “children”, Spilios Kriketos, a lawmaker in Mitsotakis’ New Democracy (ND) party, said on Thursday that Greece “cannot tolerate more migrants”, in an interview on the Kontra YouTube channel.

He then accused migrants of stealing.

On Friday, ND said it had expelled him.

“Opinions such as those expressed by Spilios Kriketos have no place in our party,” the party said in a statement.

“Statements of hate and racism are not part of the party’s values.”

Kriketos is running in the June 25 legislative elections which follow Mitsotakis’s first place finish in May’s polls which nonetheless left him without a clear parliamentary majority.

The main leftist opposition party Syriza on Friday called the remarks “racist” and called on the ND to expel Kriketos.

The former conservative government of Mitsotakis, in power for four years from 2019 to 2023 and credited with winning the May 25 elections, has followed a strict immigration policy and emphasised “security” and border lockdowns.

Greek media and NGOs have repeatedly accused Greece of carrying out “illegal” expulsions of migrants in the Aegean Sea, a charge rejected by the previous government.