OPINION

Break from protests needed

The people of Athens finally need a break from the constant trial of protest marches that bring the city center to a halt and block off major thoroughfares. Alternate Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis, under whose jurisdiction this issue falls, must enforce the existing law, which prohibits a handful of people – and this is very often the case – from holding the entire capital city hostage and jeopardizing the smooth operation of thousands of businesses that depend on people traveling into the city and on customers who are on foot but are understandably reluctant to walk through a mass of angry protesters in order to get to their destination. The opposition PASOK party must also support the enforcement of this law and demonstrate that it is a party that wants to govern this country rather than simply coming out with what it thinks people want to hear. Greece is an old enough democracy for the ruling New Democracy party and PASOK to be able to sit down together and agree on the basic, fundamental rules that govern every self-respecting democracy.