Abom­inable be­hav­ior

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The be­hav­ior we saw yes­ter­day from hun­dreds of farm­ers who de­scended on Athens from Crete to protest in­creases in so­cial se­cu­rity ben­e­fits and taxes was noth­ing short of abom­inable. It makes ab­so­lutely no dif­fer­ence whether they are right or wrong in their de­mands, as noth­ing can jus­tify the vi­o­lence and vul­gar­ity they dis­played. Who they were di­rect­ing their anger to­ward – those in power – is also ir­rel­e­vant. The only im­por­tant thing we can take away from this in­ci­dent is that no or­ga­nized, demo­cratic state can tol­er­ate the kind of vi­o­lence we saw un­fold­ing yes­ter­day in down­town Athens. If all re­spon­si­ble po­lit­i­cal par­ties fail to con­demn these acts, there will come a day not too far from now when they will rue it. Af­ter all, the gov­ern­ing party did ev­ery­thing it could to le­git­imize vi­o­lence as an ac­cept­able form of protest – and to­day it finds it­self in the crosshairs of pre­cisely this kind of be­hav­ior.

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