An­ti­so­cial prac­tices

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The prac­tice of block­ing roads and high­ways to protest gov­ern­ment mea­sures has be­come a cus­tom of sorts, which farm­ers ob­serve on an al­most an­nual ba­sis. Greek farm­ers yes­ter­day briefly blocked a bor­der cross­ing to Bul­garia while keep­ing a key cross­ing into the For­mer Yu­goslav Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia (FYROM) shut for a sec­ond day. Re­gard­less of which po­lit­i­cal party hap­pens to be in power, such prac­tices, whereby protest­ing farm­ers use their trac­tors as a weapon, hurt so­ci­ety as a whole. In fact, more of­ten than not, their de­mands in­volve ex­emp­tions from laws or other types of pref­er­en­tial treat­ment. Now, as well as in the past, the farm­ers’ stance in­di­cates that they are in­dif­fer­ent to the trou­ble and fi­nan­cial cost that their ac­tions in­flict on other cit­i­zens and the coun­try’s econ­omy. To be sure, any politi­cians or po­lit­i­cal par­ties that en­cour­age their an­ti­so­cial be­hav­ior must shoul­der some of the blame.

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