OPINION

The blight of graffiti

The defacement of exterior walls at the central campus of the National Technical University of Athens with a huge piece of graffiti was by no means an isolated incident even though the scale is quite unprecedented.

Hundreds of monuments and public spaces of historical importance all over Greece are vandalized every day in the name of an ill-conceived interpretation of freedom of expression.

The Greek capital especially exudes an air of degradation and dejection with the graffiti that covers so many of its walls.

It is time to put an end to the sick practice of a handful of troublemakers who have the privilege of protection from certain quarters.

The initiative of the NTUA and the City of Athens to renovate the historical building’s entire facade is an excellent idea and it should also be implemented in the case of other important buildings that have suffered such defacement.