No room for violence

The question of whether there is one or two extremes in Greece’s political life – which is being debated with fresh intensity these days – is perhaps an interesting yet nevertheless academic one.

One thing is sure, however: A political party that wants to be part of what is known as the “constitutional arc” should have no place for extremist individuals who take part in extreme forms of action or, alternatively, who encourage others to do so.

It is the responsibility of a political leader to monitor the party’s ranks and remove any officials who consider violence a legitimate form of political action. By doing so, a party can, first, protect the nation’s democracy and rule of law and, secondarily, protect itself against ill-meant, opportunistic criticism.

There is no room for violence in a democracy, wherever it may come from.

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