Not the way forward

The verbal attacks and acts of harassment against Greece?s politicians and public figures — an increasingly popular form of protest by disgruntled citizens frustrated by the country?s debt crisis (Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos and former Socialist minister Yiannos Papantoniou have been targeted recently) — are not going to solve the country?s problems.

The only thing that can be achieved with similar acts is the perpetuation of vulgar, primitive behavior.

It is worrying that a segment of the media and some political parties are irresponsibly and quite opportunistically encouraging these phenomena.

We have even witnessed a number of incidents in which representatives of citizen groups, such as demonstrators protesting government plans to create a landfill in Keratea, eastern Attica, have threatened commentators that hold different opinions to their own.

This sort of fascist attitude should not be tolerated in a democratic society.