OPINION

Stop the runaway vandals

The Athens metro is a large infrastructure project for which the Greek people have paid dearly and of which they are very proud. This pride is attested to by the respect with which it is treated by those who use it and the fact that until recently it had never been targeted by vandals to any significant degree.

Over the past few weeks, however, the metro?s trains and stations have come into the sights of a specific group of troublemakers, who have caused damage to the ticket machines and the carriages.

Their behavior hit a new low yesterday when a group of hooded youths carried out raids on two stations, which they vandalized seriously, raising concerns that this kind of action will not only continue, but may escalate as well.

This so-called movement needs to be nipped in the bud before it gains anymore momentum. It needs to be stopped for the sake of the taxpayers of this country who paid for the metro to be constructed and who will be called on again to pay for the damage wreaked by a handful of troublemakers.