Greece’s new disability classifications spark outrage

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Pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs will now be recognized as people with disabilities in Greece.

The art is the blue and white stripe flag of Greece which has a cross in the upper left hand corner.

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The same can be said of pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists.

The Greek Labor Ministry announced the new classifications January 11.

For many disability advocacy groups, the new classifications are likely to undermine their state benefits, especially as Greece continues to slash services amid its ongoing budget crisis.

Greece’s National Confederation of Disabled People called the decision “incomprehensible.”

“It’s really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20-30 percent disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day,” NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis told the Associated Press.

On December 14, the NCDP led a widely publicized protest in Athens in response to Greece’s austerity measures.

“Disability is if society doesn’t give you what you need to be like others,” Vardakastanis told the BBC. “We want the Greek government to really protect vulnerable groups from getting deeper into poverty, exclusion and discrimination.”

Statements from representatives of the groups added to the disability list were not included in the BBC post.