OPINION

Political courage is required

Every day cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles in the center of Athens grind to a halt because some group of protesters decides that it is their turn to block traffic for any number of hours. Thousands of residents and commuters in the capital of Greece are tormented almost on a daily basis because the police and the minister whose job it is to oversee these matters are reluctant to enforce the law. No one can argue against the fact that these are difficult times in which we live. As a result, we certainly all understand the anger and the anxieties of the demonstrators who opt for disruptive action in order to make their point. But it is unacceptable that the government and the state are afraid to step in and ensure that people are not obstructing the capital’s main roads so that traffic can flow freely. The relevant officials should finally realize that their inactivity only encourages individuals or groups to break the law and hold the city to ransom. Some political courage, anybody?