Stirring public anger

Some distinction must be made on the issue of the ?I won?t pay? policy many citizens have adopted in order to protest the rising cost of highway tolls, between the public?s justifiable sense of outrage at successive price hikes and the manipulation of this issue by certain extreme elements.

The citizens are right to protest the fact that they are being asked to pay for the sins committed under former Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias when by-roads were not constructed and motorists began paying for tolls for roads that — under the responsibility of the state — were not yet ready to be opened for use.

Sure, the state now needs to find a solution to this problem, but it is also a big issue that this ?I won?t pay? campaign is being unequivocally supported and propagated by far-left groups.

If everyone in Greece decides to adopt the same attitude to similar issues that make them angry, we will soon be living a run-down country with no major infrastructure.

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