OPINION

A new era: The end of impunity

The idea that anyone can cause major financial or any other kind of damage to both the state and private citizens in the name of a ?just? cause and subsequently enjoy complete impunity has been allowed to become the norm in this country over the last 30 years.

All that time the state remained indifferent, while the private sector has always been afraid of clashing with union groups and party organizations. Thankfully, the phenomenon seems to be on its way out.

The mere fact that the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) recently turned to the Supreme Court prosecutor to investigate liabilities in the case of extended damage to the local tourist industry following the mobilization of taxi owners protesting government plans to liberalize their sector, was very encouraging indeed.

Greece cannot remain so out of control, a place where anybody at any given time can block ports, streets and airports without facing the consequences. Let us hope that at a time when private citizens are showing the necessary courage, the Greek state will follow suit and carry out its duties.