Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

Greek minister quits on first day on job over alleged anti-Semitic tweets

Dimitris Kammenos from small right-wing party – claims that his Twitter account was hacked.

Greek Cabinet member quits the first day on the job because of Alleged anti-Semitic Tweets Dimitris Kammenos

Hours after starting his new job, Dimitris Kammenos,  Deputy Minister of infrastructure in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras government had to resign for posting racist and anti-Semitic messages on twitter.

Kammenos is a member of Parliament from a small right-wing party that became part of a new coalition of left wing government following the General elections held on Sunday.

Kammenos said, insulting comments posted in 2014 and 2015 on its account — which has now been canceled — were being investigated at the request of the police Department of cybercrime. He added that several members of his staff helped to run the account.

Business Insider brought Greek analyst Twitter account as cataloging allegedly tweets:

  • “New #Greece-the Minister said on 9/11/2013: ‘do not forget, no Jew went to work that day from 2500 workers in the WTC.’”
    “#Tsipras just made this man a Minister in the Greek government. There are no words.”

“I am against any related posts, which were received or were offensive to groups of fellow citizens. With this statement, I want to personally apologize to anyone disturbed (to this), and categorically condemn racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism, ” Kammenos, said in a statement.

Tsipras in Brussels at the summit of the European crisis on workers, called my IG partners and demanded an explanation, the assistant to the Prime Minister said.

“The Prime Minister said that if all this is true, if these tweets are true, then he should be relieved of his duties, ” the aide told Reuters.

  • Kammenos has caused controversy in the summer with a posting on his Facebook account overlay each other words “we will stay in Europe” on the photo of entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp, Says Today Events

It was his perceived attempt to illustrate the difficulties encountered by the Greeks, but slammed by many, including Greece’s Jewish community, as “disgusting attempts to trivialise” Auschwitz. The role was later determined that it was a misunderstanding.


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