The reason for yesterday’s “Rubikon” raid on Mr. Petsa’s house was the minister’s rather pretentious Darwinian-inspired statement. “He who does not adapt, dies.” The misfits are still alive. And they wanted to refute him. Greece has changed, and not only politically, since they first appeared, but “the rags still sing”. Every now and then they remind us of their existence by choosing a victim who has previously been tried and convicted by the mental illness of the Internet. Victim usually defenseless, or slightly defenseless. Misfits are also sly. They don’t risk more than necessary. The interest in the whole case is not the inability of the “Rubikon” teams to adapt to Greece in 2022. The interest is the inability to adapt shown by the security authorities. The police, after all these years, are reacting as they did the first time. As if this is an unprecedented phenomenon, even if it officially maintains offices in Exarchia, even if they know its hierarchy. And the political leadership is satisfied with the stereotypical chorus. He condemns and assures the watching public that democracy is not terrorized. Let us say that democracy is not terrorized, except when some people terrorize it. But democracy can be ridiculed. As happened with the inauguration of the university police. And as it has been for years now with the undisturbed action of “Rubikon” and the like.
I don’t know if you happened to listen to the audio from the Exarchia episodes a few days ago. A hysterical female voice, accompanied by a tenor, threatened the workers. “We see you! We know you! We will come to your homes! You will not spare us!’ These in a district of the center of Athens, in the morning, in the presence of police forces. I don’t know if the government realizes the importance that the security of everyday life had in the creation of the large centre-right majority. The protection of every aggrieved self-proclaimed social critic during SYRIZA and burned and broke helped in its shrinking. The present government promised a lot in the sector but did not keep its promises. It did not eliminate, as it should, the kernels of iniquity that plague our social life. We saw it last year with the Koufodina support movement. And it is probably time for the political leadership to think seriously about how to deal with the phenomenon in a pre-election period that is predicted to be rather intense – to put it elegantly – and will coincide with a poor and difficult winter. The inability of the police to stop the action of these groups allows you to doubt their seriousness. And this only causes insecurity.