OPINION

Erasing a corrupt system

The past few weeks have made it clear to everyone that Greece is once again at the mercy of an interest group.

Greek taxi owners are testing the limits of the country?s democracy. For its part, the political system is showing an unacceptable level of tolerance to the repeated outbursts of violence and lawbreaking behavior (stepping up their action, taxi owners yesterday blocked highways and the international airport on the island of Crete).

Notwithstanding the claims of unionists, who have said that they disapprove and discourage any extreme form of mobilization, the striking taxi drivers are evidently on a mission to damage the country?s already-wounded tourism sector and the free movement of citizens.

To be sure, the current mess is the result of chronic omissions and shortcomings that have encouraged the prevalence of a semi-transparent system that governs the issuing of taxi licenses.

It?s high time that this corrupt system was brought to an end — and the same applies to the extreme reactions.