Not for the first time in its history, Greece has been teaching the world something about democracy.
Let me be clear. I don't generally support violence against people or property. However....
Whereas politics in many western countries is increasingly restricted to electing governments to rule on our behalf, and while these elections increasingly resemble beauty pageants rather than platforms for substantial political debate, the Greek students through taking to the streets this week are expressing an older form of democratic activity involving mass, direct action in pursuit of the objectives of ordinary citizens, 20% of whom (in Greece) live in poverty while youth unemployment runs at 19%.
In a country that has been ruled by generals within my own lifetime, I would prefer to see young people protesting against police brutality than sitting at home watching X Factor.
Meanwhile, Reuters news agency is quoting police sources as saying they are running out of tear gas after using more than 4,600 capsules in the last week. Apparently, foreign suppliers are being contacted for fresh quantities.
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