Greeks lampoon PM`s debut election advert

 Prime Minister Antonis Samaras` debut TV advert for this month`s snap elections has been lampooned in Greece, with critics savaging his administration`s tax hikes and hostility to migrants.

AFP| Updated: Jan 13, 2015, 15:12 PM IST

Athens: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras` debut TV advert for this month`s snap elections has been lampooned in Greece, with critics savaging his administration`s tax hikes and hostility to migrants.

The spot shows Samaras talking to teenagers playing football near his office, and pledging to "build the pitch" for the austerity-hit country to go forward.

Within hours of its appearance, doctored images of the ad flooded the Web.

In one of them, Samaras is shown holding the boys` football and telling one of them: "I`m taking this because your dad didn`t pay his property tax. I`ll give it back when the recovery comes."

In another, the boy identifies himself as a non-Greek and Samaras responds "How did you get past the fence?" -- a reference to the anti-immigration barbed-wire barrier on the Greek-Turkish border.

Samaras` conservative New Democracy party trails the radical leftist Syriza party in opinion polls ahead of the January 25 ballot which the PM has described as critical to the country`s future in the eurozone.

Syriza has pledged to reverse many of the austerity reforms enacted in return for bailout loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, and to demand a partial writedown of the country`s huge debt, sparking concern from investors and markets.