Athens in Flames
"Karamanlis or tanks." That was the choice that Konstantinos Karamanlis posed to Greeks in 1974 upon his return from self-imposed exile in Paris after the overthrow of the country's military Junta. The popular former Prime Minister's triumphant return to Athens to lead the country's transition back to democracy was followed by his sweeping election victory, and a place in history as one of modern Greece's great statesmen.
Now, 34 years later, Karamanlis' nephew, Costas Karamanlis is Prime Minister as Greece faces its worst riots in a generation. Radical youths and riot police clashed Tuesday for a fourth straight day following the Nov. 6 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by Athens police. During Monday night's cabinet meeting, Karamanlis considered a proposal to declare a state of emergency, and the possibility that troops could return to the streets of Athens for the first time since the military dictatorship of 1967-1974...
A previously announced labor strike and further protest marches are planned for Wednesday. With the Government facing a public order problem at the same time that the economy is suffering, the Prime Minister must find a way to halt his party's freefall in polls, and try to convince the Greek people that his center-right government is the only real hope for stability and security. In rhetorical terms, he might even hark back to his uncle with a new choice: "Karamanlis or chaos." Lately, though, few can see the difference.
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