Πηγή: Greek Left Review
Greek Minister for Public Transport Reppas stated last week that the government will not let ‘Greece exposed to the risk of international disrepute and marginalization, destinations of countries characterized by anomie. The attack on the social acceptability of the free-rider and the political dismantling of its simulacrum of progressiveness is paramount.’
The harassed minister was referring to the mass protests that have gripped Greece in the last month. They include the ‘can’t pay, wont pay’ movement which encourages people to stop paying the extortionate tolls in Greece’s atrocious roads or the public transport fares which went up 40% last week. Health service doctors have been on strike for a week and have occupied the Ministry of Health; the strikes of public transport employees, despite repeated court decisions declaring them unlawful, have brought Athens to a permanent standstill. A pending farmers strike will complete the picture. Greece has entered a period of legitimation and governance crisis highlighted by the condemnation of the inhumanity of the treatment of refugees by the European court of human rights last week. The Minister confirmed it. When governments start claiming that citizens have an absolute duty to obey the law, they implicitly recognize that their policies have failed and their moral authority has followed suit.