OPINION

Protecting our rights

The regime mentality that has evolved in certain centers of power is cause for grave concern and it is just a matter of time before it becomes a real threat to democracy and everything it holds true.

Since the fall of the military dictatorship in 1973, Greece has made an enormous amount of progress in the protection of freedom of speech and ensuring that public dialogue is open to everyone.

The left in particular fought a number of important battles to safeguard this right.

Now, however, what we are seeing is complete intolerance of any opinions that differ from the party line and open attacks against those who disagree with the “prevalent” view.

This form of totalitarianism has been cultivated since the start of the crisis in Greece and is reminiscent of those periods that other countries experienced as they transitioned from deep crisis to all-out fascism.

From the prime minister to the average citizen in the street, we all have a duty to condemn this oppression because it is a real threat.