OPINION

Violence eats away at society

Pollitically motivated violent acts are becoming increasingly frequent all over Greece, and they pose a threat not just to democracy, but also to the stability of the country.

We have, very unfortunately, become accustomed to the routine of violence and are no longer surprised or shocked by unbelievable or inconceivable examples of it, such as the recent attack against a special police guard in Syntagma Square, who was beaten and robbed of his uniform.

What we should always keep in mind, though, is that it is often this kind of violence that can lead a society to polarization and occasionally even to civil conflict.

There must be a reaction to these phenomena, from the official sector and from society, if we want to safeguard the rule of law before it is too late. Our political parties, be they on the right or the left, must show zero tolerance for violence.

Without a determined reaction, Greece may be in for some very grim times ahead.