Opposition parties and social media users have accused Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis of breaking the lockdown rules imposed by his government to stem the spread of Covid-19 when he was pictured cycling north of Athens last weekend.
A photo published in Documento Sunday paper, shows Mitsotakis posing with a group of motorbikers he accidentally met in the forest of Parnitha Mountain. None of them is wearing mask or keeps social distancing.
Moreover, many social media users have accused Mitsotakis of double standards as he travelled dozens of miles to the mountain during the lockdown, when ordinary citizens are fined for travelling short distances.
Commenting on the criticism, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told Skai TV, that the PM is being criticized for being “human”.
Saying that he was on personal exercise, Petsas stressed that “a Prime Minister can go anywhere for a bike tour.” He added that Mitsotakis “will never refuse a picture with any Greek he meets or a chat,” he said.
Main opposition SYRIZA hit back at what it described as “ridiculous excuses”.
“He broke the quarantine and was photographed hugging people without a mask and protection measures at a time when Greece records record number of human losses every day,” SYRIZA said in a statement.