RIOTS IN GREECE: PAPAMANOLIS (GREEK BISHOPS), "THE YOUTH, THE TRUE VICTIMS OF THE NEGATIVE CLIMATE OF SOCIETY" (2)

"Athens, as much as other cities, has been laid waste: they destroyed houses, shops, cars, banks, Christmas trees and decorations. One can hardly believe all this, but I think the boy’s death has been just the spark, the detonator that set off the riots; the negative climate of society has been brooding under the tension and tragedy over the last years". According to the president of the Greek Bishops Conference, "a decisive factor may have been the critical political situation within the Centre-Right Government led by prime minister Costas Karamanlis, which has been undermined by the property scandal of the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos. This scandal (there are rumours of an illegal exchange of land between the Vatopedi monastery and the Greek State, a back-scratching that has been detrimental to the latter, editor’s note), infuriated the population who had seen in the party of prime minister Karamanlis, New Democracy, a bulwark against corruption". Despite the huge damage it caused, the wrath of violence seems to have spared Athens’ churches and places of worship.” “

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