Law and or­der need back­ing

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How much longer will Greece pay for the be­liefs of the lead­ers of the so-called “Polytech­nic gen­er­a­tion,” a term used to de­scribe the 50-some­things who par­tic­i­pated in the over­throw of the junta as stu­dents in 1973? At a time of such tur­moil, the min­is­ter in charge of law and or­der an­nounced that he is con­sid­er­ing dis­band­ing cer­tain suc­cess­ful de­part­ments of the Greek Po­lice which have proven a suc­cess be­cause, he says, they suf­fer a “demo­cratic deficit.” What we need right now is an ef­fec­tive po­lice force with strong de­part­ments, led by a min­is­ter who knows how to han­dle a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion rather than a politi­cian who acts as though he is still pres­i­dent of the stu­dents’ union. It goes with­out say­ing that any­one guilty of us­ing ex­ces­sive force should be duly pun­ished, but the fact is that the Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­istry needs a chief who un­der­stands the task at hand, who will stand by the of­fi­cers that guard the state and so­ci­ety for a pit­tance of a wage, and who doesn’t in­stead ex­pend his en­er­gies on dan­ger­ous the­o­ries as soon as he feels that his im­age is be­ing threat­ened.

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