Greek president decries ‘hate and violence’

President Karolos Papoulias admitted on Tuesday that the emergence of “hate and violence” in Greece has been one of the “darkest” aspects of the crisis that has engulfed the country.

In his annual statement marking the return of democracy to Greece after the collapse of the military dictatorship in 1974, Papoulias stressed the need for a constant effort to “protect and deepen” democracy in the wake of the debt crisis.

“The economic collapse was quickly followed by a political, institutional and cultural one, a whirlwind that took everything with it,” he said. “Hate and violence are not the solution or answer. They are perhaps the darkest part of the problem.”

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