OPINION

Putting up with too much

Just when we thought we had seen it all, we saw photographs and television footage of protesting workers from the Ministry of Culture, whose short-term contracts are about to expire, climb onto the marble columns at the gateway to the Acropolis and hang protest banners. These protesters, who are demanding that they be given permanent status, have already shown with previous blockades of the entrance to the archaeological site that they have little respect for the institutions they were hired to represent. What, though, is the state doing to deal with this and other similar situations when protesters take things too far? How could the minister of culture allow such a provocative act to take place and to persist for as many hours as it did, making a mockery of the country’s international image and threatening the integrity of the ancient citadel’s Propylaia? The government should never have allowed the situation to come to this and certainly should not have allowed the workers to storm the Acropolis.