OPINION

Don’t fan the flames

Thursday’s attack on a member of the Greek Parliament was completely reprehensible and the perpetrators should have been arrested on the spot.

The road to such manifestations has been unfortunately paved by the parties that are in government today when they gave tacit support to or even encouraged such actions in the name of the anti-memorandum campaign.

They are reaping what they sowed but the problem is that the consequences affect the entire country.

However, the entire political body dealt with the matter very badly. The opposition’s statement that the minister of education is somehow morally responsible for the assault is way off the mark and could prove damaging.

When it comes to the use of violence and extremist rhetoric, the political body needs to show consensus and restraint and to stand together against such behavior. There is enough heat to set off society without politicians fanning the flames.