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on your first point, I wonder: are the Greek authorities worried about the strain (I actually first typed "stain"!) on the ability of the police to effectively fight real crime while hundreds or thousands of its force are dedicated to the violent assault of peaceful protesters?

They oughta be. But that's not the protesters' problem.

Another problem is that police then know that they are relied on in that way in that situation, then they get to think that they have licence in other situations.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 07:39:33 PM EST
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Given the state Greece is in, thinking forward to the ramifications of what's happened will leave them in paralysis in the present. Greece has reacted to the dictatorship by, ONE, making laws forbidding police from entering certain areas of the city (i.e. universities), and TWO, banning the criminal prosecution of ministers and political figures. This has led to lassitude in dealing with violent anarchist groups and also government corruption.

In retrospect, it seems like the former law was always guarding against days like the last few, while the get-out-of-jail-free card is curiously now employed AGAINST democracy. These are wild extremes for a democratic society.

This is one of the biggest reasons why European and Greek leaders need to stop and think about how they've polluted the body politic much worse than it has ever been since the days of the junta.

The only saving grace so far is that the Greek people are more united.

by Upstate NY on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 10:43:55 PM EST
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