CLOSE
Loading...
12° Nicosia,
29 November, 2022
 
Home  /  Comment  /  Opinion

Treating antisocial elements for what they are

They are a swarm that is endangering the lives of the rest of us

Opinion

Opinion

By Angelos Stangos

Day-to-day life in Greece is excessively determined by people defying laws, rules and reason; it’s disappointing and extremely frustrating. But this, as former prime minister Kostas Simitis once said, is Greece and it doesn’t look like it’s changing much. It’s exhausting for citizens yearning for basic normalcy to be assailed by the prevalent delinquency and to feel that their quality of life is being constantly undermined, often with the tolerance of the state apparatus.

The truth is that the antisocial behavior we are seeing right now is not the result of the pandemic. It may appear so, but is, in fact endemic and manifests in all sorts of ways.

Right now, events are being defined by our fellow citizens who refuse to get the Covid vaccine and by the obstinacy of deniers of all stripes. Whether they’re jerks, kooks, nitwits, thugs, vote-mongers or religious fanatics is neither here nor there. They are a swarm that is endangering the lives of the rest of us, having a negative impact on the quality of everyday life and obstructing the vital functions of society. The state, therefore, has an obligation to all the “normal” people in this country to decisively deal with such antisocial elements.

Admittedly, there are more antisocial Greeks out there. There are the unconscionable priests and monks who preach against the vaccines, the lawyers exploiting the anti-vax movement, the judges approving the exhumation of Covid victims, the relatives suing doctors for a payout, the parents calling the police on teachers implementing the law, the nurses and other state workers who refuse to be vaccinated but expect to keep getting paid… These and others in the anti-vax movement are basically enemies of society and need to be treated accordingly, without hesitation. Especially given that the overwhelming majority of the political world claims to support vaccinations.

The truth is that the antisocial behavior we are seeing right now is not the result of the pandemic. It may appear so, but is, in fact endemic and manifests in all sorts of ways: violence in the soccer arena and on the streets; interminable protest rallies and marches; sit-ins at schools and universities; increasingly aggressive and unruly driving; sound pollution; nasty graffiti; posters pasted willy-nilly on public walls; grimy bowls of water and food scattered here and there for strays; and, of course, in the inability or indifference of the state to these and so many other such phenomena. And even in the favorable decisions and amendments passed by every government to accommodate those breaking the rules and shirking their obligations. At the end of the day, it’s the suckers who dream of a different kind of Greece who end up paying the price.

TAGS

Opinion: Latest Articles

[AP]

Merchants of Death

Human traffickers could soon outnumber drug traffickers in the country’s (Greece's) prisons
Opinion
 |  OPINION
'Woman, life, freedom!’

'Woman, life, freedom!’

'Isn’t there an obvious contradiction that a country claiming to be a democracy has a special police force tasked with carrying ...
Opinion
 |  OPINION
The embargo has its own history

The embargo has its own history

'It is outrageous that US support for the illegal Turkish military occupation continues while the embargo on the victim ...
Opinion
 |  OPINION
Photo courtesy Unsplash

Winter, Putin's ally

Twice in the history of Europe, two Great Powers on the continent attempted to crush Russia, but winter saved her
Opinion
 |  OPINION
Penalizing Russia

Penalizing Russia

The solidarity shown by the entire EU with regards to penalizing Russia inevitably has limitations.
Opinion
 |  OPINION
Members of feminist organizations hold placards outside the Athens Court of Appeals on February 14, 2022, during the trial over the murder of student Eleni Topaloudi by two men on Rhodes in 2018.

Femicide and punishment

A life sentence cannot really mean for life, but it cannot mean 16 years in jail for certain heinous criminal behaviors ...
Opinion
 |  OPINION
Solving Cyprus

Solving Cyprus

A solution to the Cyprus issue will go a long way toward facilitating Ankara’s goal of playing an important role in the ...
Athanasios Ellis
 |  OPINION
X