Because, according to him, Greece has lived most strong communism era in and after World War II. But the civil war has emerged. And, when Colonels Junta seized control of power, a bloody era has started. Actually he was not a communist, he was an anarchist with closer meaning. He was a contrarian inborn. He made fun of every politic stream in a way.
He was folklorist and humorist author with strong language and witty remark. Both the leftists and the rightists have got his language’s share. When the authors revolved arond the political tendencies, Elias Petropoulos didn’t care. For example Yorgos Seferis was the tongs of the power for him. He would used the “ass” and “shit” words too often. Greece has taken its share of his sharp tongue too. He had made such a definition to the democracy in Colonels Junta era as follows:
“Greeks invented democracy and sewage system. But now they both do not work; they are within the shit.”
He was tortured and imprisoned. One of the reason of his imprisoned was his books “The manual of a good thief” and “The brothel history”. His most well-known book is “The Rebetika” And, Elias Petropoulos has devoted most of his life to understand the intricacies of the underworld. When he dead, he was burned and his ashes were poured into a sewer due to his will. (He lived between 1928–2003)
And today, if Syriza will real succeed, I think Elias Petropoulos will smile. Maybe, he will use profane language for their success, but he is what he is as always.:)