The more you read about the case of the pedophile (now former) director of the Greek national theatre, the more infuriating it gets. Besides the obvious traumas and pain he has caused, there are huge political responsibilities that lie with the current goverment.
This guy was appointed in the post by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni:
1) with no public job post opening or transparent hiring procedures,
2) while there already were rumours about him being abusive against children (!)
3) despite his past record of being fired from
other schools where he was teaching.
Mendoni tried to defend him and:
1) initially denied that he should resign.
2) After he resigned, she kept defending him saying that there is no official accusation filed with the police. 3) After the official accusation came, she tried to
distance herself from him saying that she was deceived by his good acting skills (for f*ck's sake!), and,
4) claiming that she merely knew him as a professional, when there is a ton of photographic evidence with her happily posing with him after every single performance of his.
(The PM had also scandalously used a military helicopter to fly from an island to Epidaurus to not miss his performance!)
Mendoni is a dinosaur of Greek politics, with all that entails. Random examples of her arrogance and incompetence:
1) When she was criticised for her
indifference abt the fire at Mycenae archaelogical site, she responded with sarcastic and insulting comments.
2) When she was widely criticised for the gross (aesthetically and practically terrible) permanent concrete paths on the Acropolis hill, she also responded with sarcasm.
3) Somewhat similarly with the case of removing the Byzantine antiquities from Thessaloniki metro excavations despite international criticism.

She's a disaster and she needs to go. #Μενδωνη_παραιτησου

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Νήμα 100% βιωματικό για ΕΙΟ.
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