When the state fails to live up to its role and purpose, the situation calls for a response from society, in deed and not only in words. The demolition yesterday by a private individual of an illegally constructed building inside the Syngrou forest is a way of clamping down on urban anarchy. The act set an example for every citizen frustrated by the inertia of the state apparatus. That said, citizens must strictly abide by the law and respect legal procedures. It should not escape our attention that the demolished property was designated as illegal after a non-appealable court ruling. One hopes the symbolic significance of the demolition of an illegal property by a private citizen will not be lost. One hopes the state will do what it has to, thereby rendering such private initiatives redundant.