OPINION

Stoking public anger

Thousands of our fellow citizens are feeling enraged, feeling that they are losing rights and privileges they have fought for and earned as the economic crisis squeezes them and threatens their livelihoods more and more.

The parties on the left of the political spectrum, as well as a handful of extremist elements, are looking to draw upon this anger in order to create chaos in as many areas as possible, by setting up roadblocks at Greece?s borders, destroying ticket machines at metro stations and besieging public buildings.

If we allow a few to manipulate this anger and pain, the country will succumb to a state of anarchy and, ultimately, bankruptcy.

This is where the government needs to come in, with the support of the main opposition. It needs to draw lines and to step in when laws are being broken, whatever the circumstances. The worst thing it can do is provide excuses for this kind of behavior, as the justice minister did the other day, giving the green light to others who want to contribute to the demise of the country.