OPINION

Safeguarding democracy

The tacit denial of the Holocaust by the spokeman of ultranationalist party Golden Dawn is not just a gross provocation, but a denial of history and democracy itself.

At the same time, it serves as a warning that the state needs to safeguard itself as much from the threat of fascists of all stripes as from lawlessness and impunity. This is something that all parties that want to continue calling themselves constitutional and democratic should constantly bear in mind, acting accordingly.

The leaderships of the country’s mainstream parties and their parliamentary deputies have a responsibility to show their respect for the law by abiding by it and to uphold the principles of democracy, both in their actions and in their words.

Because at the end of the day, walking the walk and talking the talk is the only way to deal with the enemies of democracy.