OPINION

Taking protest too far

No one in Greece has the right to deprive hardworking people of their daily wages at a time when everyone is feeling the pinch of the crisis, to tarnish the country’s image in the eyes of our foreign visitors and to do all they can to drive us to self-destruction. Yet a handful of members of certain associations did just that yesterday when they decided to block entry to a number of central Athens hotels and major stores. What do these people want? Are they trying to push Greece into the abyss, to send us back into the Dark Ages? Are they trying to ensure that the economic crisis deepens even more by compelling tourists who are looking forward to coming to Greece to change their travel plans and head somewhere else instead, somewhere where they will be made to feel more welcome? Whatever their motives and objectives, the one sure thing is that the public and the state should respond to such provocative and extreme forms of protest and make these people understand that such action will not be tolerated.