Protection from the protectors

The involvement of a member of the coast guard’s special forces in the recent fatal beating of a young Australian tourist on the island of Myconos provides yet further evidence of the widespread lawlessness that pervades the state machinery. What this involvement tells us is that while the state has shown itself to be incapable of protecting its own police stations from attacks by unruly groups of protesters, those whose duty it is to protect citizens are busy providing their services to nightclubs and other such businesses. We are slowly but surely witnessing the breakdown of law and order, and we are also experiencing events that we in Greece are normally accustomed to seeing only in movies. The big question that now hangs over our heads is not who is going to tackle these outlaws, but who is going to guard us from the guards. Who is going to shield us from those who have taken an oath to protect and serve the citizens of this country, as well as its guests?