OPINION

Democracy and violence

It is high time that we reached a national understanding on how to deal with violence and terrorism in this country.

Parties across Greece’s ideological spectrum all need to take a stand against such phenomena – whether it’s self-styled anarchists throwing homemade firebombs or incidents such as that witnessed yesterday morning, when unidentified attackers opened fire on the Athens headquarters of Greece’s governing New Democracy party with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

A section of the country’s left has for many years tolerated – and in some cases even protected – groups that use such tactics as forms of political expression. Over the years, violence came to be seen as an acceptable way of protest – a fact which of course entailed very negative consequences for the country.

No kind of “social injustice” can be used an excuse for utilizing violence within the contours of a democratic society.