Greek society mired in violence

The escalation of violence in Greek society has triggered a great deal of justified concern and anger among the public. The video of two Albanian detainees being brutalized by Greek police officers is still shocking days after it was first aired on the Internet and television. Its publication coincided with the brutal beating of a riot policeman and the violence at the Ejekt concert at Hellenikon. The impunity of wrongdoers, be they corrupt police officers or self-styled anarchists, appears to be an invitation for even more violence. It’s time to take measures. It’s unacceptable that Greece violates human rights today. Nor can the country’s image be tarnished by the unchecked activity of a small minority, even more so in police uniform. The illegal acts of common criminals or anarchist groups by no means offset or justify the unlawful behavior of state officials.

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