A smear on our democracy

The case of Constantina Kuneva, the Bulgarian general secretary of the Attica cleaners union, who was badly injured when acid was thrown in her face by unknown assailants last December, has touched people’s hearts across the country. The case itself and the course that events have taken since have also caused much widespread indignation. The Greek police and the country’s judiciary have done absolutely nothing to track down the perpetrators of the attack. Is this due to sheer incompetence? Or does this foot-dragging have to do with fear? Whatever the cause of the delay may be in bringing the perpetrators of this vicious crime to justice, the failure to do so only further provokes the public’s sense that justice is not being done. The quality of a democracy is judged when it is called upon to protect the weak and stand up against those with power. In the case of Kuneva, a woman who fought to help to provide some sense of power to people who are generally without it, this has failed on both counts.

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