The symbolic shut-down lasted 4 hours and was described as a move against a controversial property tax.
Greek Government uses electricity bills to impose an emergency property tax to homeowners. In addition, the public Power Corporation was ordered to cut off power to consumers that do not pay the tax.
GENOP president Nikos Fotopoulos stated that “The state owes to DEH over 141 million euro and nobody cuts off the power. It’s not fair that we are forced to cut off the electricity to those unable to pay the tax”
"We will block the cutting of power in the homes of the poor, unemployed and low-wage earner by any means we can! Electricity cannot be used blackmail» Mr. Fotopoulos added.
Health Minister Andreas Loverdos stated later this morning: "I understand this move and I say it’s correct but we must take into consideration the struggle of the ministry to keep the balances with its suppliers, who keep on supplying us with materials while we owe them money.”
Mr. Loverdos on the other hand seems that is not take into consideration the struggle of the poor, unemployed people who can not afford to pay the unfair taxes and does not disagree with the electricity cut in their homes.