OPINION

Security freeze

We appear to have reached a point where groups of self-styled anarchists are able to make midday raids in downtown Athens with impunity. Yesterday’s attack on the National Bank branch on Solonos Street took place only 24 hours after an urgent meeting of the Greek police, which decided upon a new set of measures to combat the phenomenon. What is also irritating is that this particular branch – although it is not the only one – operates with its steel shutters permanently closed for fear of attacks. Finally, one is irritated by the fact that the security staff appeared to freeze amid the vandalism. After yesterday’s incident and the evident failure of the authorities to prevent such attacks in the first place, we now have the reluctance of police officials to apprehend the perpetrators. An internal inquiry is the very least one can expect under the circumstances.