OPINION

Halting hooliganism

While organizing a rally as a means of protest is one thing, behaving like a hooligan is quite another.

The physical attack on Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis carried out by local authority workers protesting layoffs and job transfers on Sunday night once again demonstrated that a portion of the country’s union leadership is systematically going beyond the limits of acceptable behavior.

The events that occurred on Sunday evening were nothing new and, unfortunately, point to the fact that there are those who consider the display and use of raw violence, not to mention the adoption of methods used by hooligans, as a legitimate means of expression.

The country, however, cannot and should not become an out-of-control jungle.

That is why it is absolutely vital the Greek state and the country’s justice system deal with these kind of threatening and disturbing phenomena through their own display of unrelenting severity.