Panhellenic Federation of Police decided to take over the transport costs for delivery of the Holy Fire from the Holy Land in Greece, it said in a statement published on the website of the federation.
Earlier, several members of the ruling coalition of the radical left SYRIZA were to cease in times of crisis to spend money for the delivery of the Holy Fire. SYRIZA MP Makis Balauras called this custom "remnants of paganism", claiming that the fire being honored as the head of state. MP from the ruling party Fotini Waki said that the Holy Fire - a "false miracle".
Although the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias tried to reduce the intensity of emotions, noting that "progressiveness should not be measured in heart beats traditions of the people," remarks provoked sharp criticism in parliament and in society. Many regarded it as provocative, disrespectful and dangerous, and one of the deputies said that "false miracle is the election of those who think Greek society godless."
In this regard, I decided to pay all the costs of the Greek police federation, "expressing the wish and the general feeling of the whole great family of police."
"In today's difficult times for the Greek society, we support our citizens We wish all a good Easter and all the best." - said in a statement.
The Holy Fire will bring a special flight to Athens on Holy Saturday. In Athens airport fire met with head of state honors - to meet fire build a company of the Presidential Guard - evzones and procession in Athens accompanied by motorcyclists. From Athens Flights fire delivered to 17 cities in the country, and then - in the church.