Vi­o­lence must be curbed

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The fire­bomb­ing of a po­lice sta­tion in the cen­tral Athe­nian district of Exarchia on Satur­day, which re­sulted in three peo­ple be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized with se­ri­ous in­juries, can­not and should not be swept un­der the car­pet and by no means should it be al­lowed to go un­pun­ished. Three civil­ians sus­tained burns be­cause the no­to­ri­ous ex­trem­ists de­cided to launch an at­tack against a po­lice precinct at the same time as a street mar­ket was tak­ing place just out­side. Mean­while, no one took to the streets in the af­ter­math of the at­tack to protest the kind of vi­o­lent and in­hu­man at­tacks that a year ago cost the lives of three em­ploy­ees at a Marfin Bank branch in cen­tral Athens. Greek so­ci­ety ap­pears to look at this down­ward spi­ral of vi­o­lence with ap­a­thy and to tol­er­ate the at­tacks of ex­treme-right gangs on im­mi­grants or at­tacks by an­ar­chists with Molo­tov cock­tails on a busy street. But this is the kind of thing that hap­pens when politi­cians and the state al­low a vac­cum to grow in the coun­try’s law and or­der. And if they don’t re­act to these events, the sit­u­a­tion will be­come ir­re­versible.

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