OPINION

Protesters harboring false hopes

Every so often, Greece is cut in two by farmers and other protesting citizens who simply decide they have the right to stop the flow of traffic when they want, where they want. This sort of behavior may have been normal under certain circumstances in the past but, in this day and age, a stop must be put to it. Farmers certainly have the right to protest. What they don’t have any right to do, however, is hold the citizens of the country hostage to their cause. It is true that no politician, irrespective of his or her party affiliations, has sat down with Greek farmers and with the people in general to explain that the current model of agricultural development being applied in the Greek countryside has been defunct for some time now. The result is that the farmers continue to harbor false hopes and high expectations that inevitably lead them to despair. The solution to the country’s agricultural problem does not lie in roadblocks nor in uncontrolled subsidies. The solution lies in serious planning and a comprehensive program that will drag Greece into the 21st century and preserve its natural riches.