Editorial: Is the government not responsible for Idomeni?
It was a bit late for the Prime Minister to accuse “some NGOs and activists” who are urging the refugees to make desperate…
It was a bit late for the Prime Minister to accuse “some NGOs and activists” who are urging the refugees to make desperate moves, such as Sunday’s attempt to cross into Skopje. The situation in Idomeni may be shameful for European culture, according to Mr. Tsipras, but it is also shameful for Greece and the government in particular.
Because, let as not forget, it was the government which decided to leave the situation at the camp unchecked, with only few police forces present. The government allowed NGOs to manage the camp, without looking into their integrity and credentials. As a result, there are organizations hat are doing the best they can within appalling conditions, but there are also other which, in the name of solidarity, are trying to play their own political games.
This is not jus happening in Idomeni, I but also in Piraeus and on some islands. As suitable as it might have bee for some time to pass on responsibility elsewhere, its is high time the government realized that this could have a boomerang effect.
Clearly this situation cannot carry on any longer. The government must assume its responsibilities in managing this major problem and stop making ex post accusations. The destitution and hopelessness in Idomeni cannot carry on. Not just for the refuges, but also the local community and economy in general.
How much longer will the main railroad line remain closed – it has already been three weeks – and what consequences will this have? While it is obvious that violence is not solution, it should be just as obvious that the State should be present. By using persuasion, logic and a plan with realistic solutions for the relocation of refugees, which at present do not exist.
With ex post accusations the problem will not only remain unresolved, it will also get worse as the days go by. Next time there are events similar to those on Sunday we may well end up with victims and the situation totally out of control.