Thieves! Thieves! The wealth of the country belongs to its people. Thieves! Thieves! Thieves! Thieves! Don’t hit me! The closure of ERT happened because the government is subservient to the interests of the Greek and international capitalists. Following their orders, the Greek government decided to do something that had never happened before in the world: shut down the public TV and radio stations in the country. They are thinking about closing down the peripheral stations. If this happens, we probably won’t have peripheral stations I have a simple example I could give you from Rhodes, where ERT, while it was functioning, had a 10KW transmitter, while the Turkish transmitter on the opposite coast is 100KW. The Turkish transmitter kept interfering with the Greek one and when the Rhodes transmitter was switched off, the Turkish transmitter replaced the Greek one so now in Rhodes Greek people can only listen to Turkish radio. The Greek islands are the ones suffering most. Since the Turkish transmitters are very powerful, just like the transmitters of Skopje, they cover the the province of Western Macedonia, leaving the Greek people who live on the borders with no opinions nor information about what is going on in Greece. The other thing you could talk to us about is how does ERT function right now, being under the control of its own workers and staff. Are there tensions between the staff and if there are, how are these resolved? Would you also say that with this way of working some things have become more efficient or creative? Yes. From this question, of course, we cannot exclude people who supported certain political parties and who, in recent years, through political patronage had got a job at ERT, working for very high wages. This has nothing to do with the rest of the 2,500 workers, it concerned at most 100 people. Kedikoglou himself gave jobs to 25 people in 2013 alone, the last one, I think, started working in May 2013, and a month afterwards he closed down ERT. He was obviously returning favours to the people he got employed in ERT, in a way in which he showed that he did his best, while the political leadership could no longer sustain ERT as a functioning body. In this worldwide initiative, they must have gotten into serious trouble with public opinion all around the world, with global organisations transmitting in collaboration with ERT, like FIFA, UEFA, EBU, all of them had contracts with ERT and will now ask for a repayment of their lost profits. This should happen, so that the damage caused by this ridiculous government and its half-baked and rushed initiatives will be exposed on a global scale. We have been preserving the national property of ERT, which is in reality, the property of the Greek people. It does not belong to the politicians who closed us down, and we have a responsibility towards the Greek people to preserve it. The government decided to abolish the ERT Orchestra and Choir, something that was announced by the government spokesman, Mr Simos Kedikoglou. He is the same man who in 2010 was taking part in our demonstrations against the plans of PASOK to shut down the ET1 channel and the TV and radio listings magazine of ERT. The man who we saved from the hands of the riot police was the one who announced the closure of ERT, stating that the ERT Orchestra and Choir will be no more. The ERT Orchestra and Choir weren’t silenced when the Nazis invaded Greece in the 1940s. They were silenced by a Greek government in 2013, along with the rest of ERT. So there’s no plan for us. We have, however, support from around the world. We have received letters and videos from Israel and from European television channels, that have Choirs, saying we cannot let that happen. It is a blow against culture. A******** Protect the democracy! Bread, Education, Freedom! The junta didn’t go away in 1973!