Editorial: Let’s protect Athens…

For the next three days the capital will literally be under siege. On the one hand there is the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister…

Editorial: Let’s protect Athens… | tovima.gr

For the next three days the capital will literally be under siege. On the one hand there is the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister, on the other the anniversary of the Grigoropoulos murder and the budget vote in Parliament – as a result, the tension is rather high. A slew of demonstrations have been announced, while the Police is implementing a series of precautionary measures, banning public gathers in a large part of the city.

As unconditional as the right to demonstrating might be, the need to safeguard them must also be understood and unconditional. Athens has a bitter experience from demonstrations that begun peacefully with the best intentions and turned into catastrophic and unrestrained conflicts. Unfortunately there is a lot of pent-up anger which may easily spark a violent climate.

It is the duty and responsibility of the police and those organizing the demonstrations to safeguard their peaceful nature. After a long term of great tension and conflicts with catastrophic consequences for Athens, we have managed to stop foreign media from broadcasting the image of a city and country where violence, conflict and destruction are dominant. As we are currently on a crucial turning point for our future, it would be tragic to relive such events. Government and protesters – we all have the experience and responsibility to protect ourselves.

TO VIMA

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