OPINION

An issue of law and order

More and more incidents of violence are erupting during the course of protest action and the government appears completely incapable of dealing with the problem.

The Greek police force, for its part, is so weakened that it has not even managed to apprehend those involved in a nasty assault on New Democracy MP Costis Hatzidakis last December, even though they were photographed by television crews recording the protest rallies during which the attack occurred.

Could there be any better sign of encouragement to those — and there are quite a few of them — who want to solve the country?s problems by using lead pipes, firebombs and vigilante-style justice?

Prime Minister George Papandreou and his ministers must step up, because very soon Greece will be seen by the international community as a country in a state of anarchy where violence rules.

The government?s lackadaisical stance on the issue of law and order is not only inexplicable, but is fast becoming dangerous as well.