OPINION

Uprooting misguided mentalities

In the years that followed the end of the military dictatorship in Greece in the early 1970s, the concepts of law and order saw negative connotations ascribed to them. This must now change.

We failed to safeguard our borders against the waves of clandestine immigrants, and we now run the risk of being left out of the Schengen Area. We lost the battle against illegal immigration and now we are suffering the consequences in Athens, Patra and other cities.

We have also allowed groups of self-styled anarchists to repeatedly vandalize the historic center of Athens.

This situation has to change.

To achieve this, we need more than a professional police force and strong leadership at the ministerial level. We need strong political will among the big parties to uproot the misguided mentality that everything is permitted in the name of misbegotten progress.