OPINION

Dangerous spiral of violence

Our society has come to accept violence as a legitimate means of protest.

The events that occurred in Thessaloniki on Thursday, where protesters threw coffee and water at a German diplomat, dealt a terrible blow to the country’s image at a time when Greece is in desperate need of all the support it can get.

The sight of thugs bearing clubs entering universities and the National Technical University of Athens, meanwhile, demonstrates that the rule of democracy has been overthrown in places where it is supposed to be safeguarded and reign supreme.

This escalation of violence and chaotic behavior is very dangerous. Those who organize, tolerate or approve of it must think about where it is leading the country before it’s too late. The downward spiral will not end with a change of government or some other magical solution. Most of all, it will not solve any of Greece’s problems, but rather guarantee the country’s failure.