This is Greece
So it seems
A stroll around the very heart of Athens, Syndagma square, reflects the fact that there are no limits to what people can do without any regard for the law, any concern for others, any sense of decency. Absent is the Government, the police, the municipal authority and so the left overs from the gatherings of the “indignants” continue littering the heart of Athens with the tents they live in and the signs with political slogans. To make the sight of this gypsy-like encampment uglier, peddlers have stretched their fake luxury items at their side. A few meters away is the Parliament, three Luxury hotels, the Ministry of National Economy and the shops in one of Europe’s most expensive commercial venues. The damage to the hotels big. Who will pay their rates to stay close to squatters. The damage to the shops equally big. People avoid visiting the heart of the city, besides the fakes laid out in the square tempt a few. According to the media the Public prosecutor’s office has asked the police to remove the squatters and the peddlers and have the municipal authorities repair the damage and lawns of the square. The police took its time to think about and finally it moved putting an end to a nine weeks seizure of the heart of Athens by people who personify the level of esthetics, decency and civility of the Greeks, who remained apathetic to this shame.
This is Greece.
In Athens there are cameras to monitor traffic. These same cameras can be used to monitor the people in the street and to thus record any happenings. Crime was not a problem for Athens, years ago, but it is today. The crime rate is jumping higher and higher every week, literarily. Robberies, hold ups, assaults, every kind of crime is alarmingly up. People feel threatened and insecure. The cameras could be used to help catch and to verify perpetrators of crimes, but the politicians do not permit this! The communists, leftists and socialists consider, the monitoring of people in the street, a trespass of human rights not a way to promote the safety of people, to help contain criminality. The means to defend society are there, but the Greek society, represented by its politicians, does not want to be defended.
This is Greece.
For the last twenty, at least, years Greece, Athens in particular, has seen the so called “familiar unknowns” hooded individuals turn peaceful protests and marches in to riots, destroying anything of value, assaulting the police with stones, “molotov cocktails” (fire bombs) setting fires, using extreme violence of every kind. These thugs are invariably young anarchists who often take refuge in University buildings where they are “harbored” by law. The police, in the name of the Academic Asylum, read Academic lawlessness, is not allowed to enter. The hooded terrorists take off the hoods and are subsequently let out with their faces in full view peaceful looking with the police unable to identify them as the rioters and arrest them.
Italy has followed France and others forbidding Muslims from wearing in public the Burgha, so that their faces can be seen. This in the name of Public security.
In Greece it is impossible to render illegal and impose heavy sentences, for carrying objects that can be used as weapons, to people who join a manifestation of any kind, indeed protests with the obvious intent to create havoc and of course it is equally impossible to forbid the hiding of faces for the sake of public safety. The Communists and their Leftist “cousins” wont have it, in the name of human rights, no matter that the rights of most others are “violated”. Is this Democracy?
This is Greece.
Greek Football is fraught with fraud. Team owners, referees, players and others with a stake in the game have been found involved in the scam of fixing the results, the scores of many games. They place their bets according to the arrangements and make fortunes. Many of the bets are placed with bookies abroad, as far as Singapore. Yes, the same has happened in Italy, but the Government with a stern attitude has cleaned up the image of Italian Football. In Turkey a similar scandal was uncovered and the Government immediately reacted with a heavy hand. In Greece? No body really believes that much will change. Justice, in Greece is slow and lenient and it seems that the Mafia law will assure the lack of serious and credible testimony in court, so those on trial for the fraud will get away with it or at worse receive light sentences which they will pay off at the rate of three Euros a day.
This is Greece. Confused ?