Editorial: Days of tensions

These and the coming days will be tense, as the commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic student uprising has traditionally offered opportunities to incite such tensions.

There are mainly marginal circles which remain charged up and imagine uprisings even today.

Που έχουν τα λεφτά τους οι Ελληνες - Πόσες είναι οι καταθέσεις στο εξωτερικό

They remain deluded in an entirely different environment that cannot be compared with the dark years of the colonels' dictatorship.

They are the same unrepentant circles that never reconciled themselves with democracy and its conventions and continue to battle it and treat it as a continuation of the "junta of '73".

Today's conditions, however are entirely different and Greek society - especially after the bitter conditions of the great economic crisis - is directly opposed to such absolutely problematic approaches that reveal an ignorance of history.

Over the last days these circles were pressured in an organised manner by authorities.

University buildings that for years had been occupied by marginal groups were reclaimed. Meeting places and bases for illegal forays that operated within universities and in Athens neighbourhoods were reclaimed.

At the same time, a terrorist group directly linked to these circles was rooted out.

The organised operational plan of authorities stirred an intense reaction from the groups and forces that were under scrutiny but also groups from the extra-parliamentary left, which insist on considering university asylum, which they themselves trampled over, to be inviolable.

Unfortunately, a segment of the main opposition which until yesterday opposed these circles was drawn to this paroxysm of conflict.

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