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President: ‘I would rather be judged for hard decisions now than for loss of life later’

President Nicos Anastasiades in a message published on Facebook said that he understands some public reactions criticising the new measures on movement restriction, and that decisions are not made lightly but are necessary to safeguard public health:

“I understand the reactions from some citizens on the new measures restricting movement.

I share the discomfort caused by this new way of life imposed not only upon us but upon billions of people globally due to the pandemic.

I would like you to understand that every time the government is forced to take stricter movement measures I go through an acute conscience test.

But the issue is not what I would like to do but what I have to do under these circumstances to feel that I did not fall short of my responsibilities at a time of hard decisions.

Mine and the government’s responsibility is to safeguard the health, the life and job security of each and every one of you.

In so doing, I will not tolerate any abuse of power violating without cause citizens’ family privacy.

I would rather be harshly judged for my decisions today than face your pain and bitterness for loss of your loved ones’ lives because of my diffidence.

With the same boldness I have taken painful decisions in the past, I will do so now. In the same way we overcame the crisis then, we will also win this battle now.

We will make it.”

Κατανοώ τις αντιδράσεις μιας μερίδας πολιτών για τα νέα μέτρα της κατ΄ εξαίρεση διακίνησης. Συμμερίζομαι τη δυσφορία που…

Publiée par Νίκος Αναστασιάδης (Nicos Anastasiades) sur Mardi 31 mars 2020

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