Monday, December 08, 2008
Times were wild in the 1960sStuff was happening in America and Europe and Latin America and Japan in the 1960s like, well, this story from today about rioting in Greece by Riots in Greece Enter Third Day by Anthee Carassava New York Times 12/08/08 [the print-screen version gives the date as 12/09, even though as of this writing it's not yet 12/09 in Greece]:
The violence in Greece by youths angry over the killing of a teenager by the police raged for a third day on Monday as thousands of police officers failed to contain some of the worst rioting in recent years. ...I don't know much about the internal politics of Greece. But it was a striking fact to me that the country's Interior Minister, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who presumably has ultimate responsibility for the Athens police, formally offered to resign over the shooting for which the policeman was charged with manslaughter.
The prime minister declined to accept the resignation. But even if it was pure political pantomine, it's a striking contrast to US practice. American Cabinet officials normally wouldn't dream of resigning over the action of a low-level employee in their department.
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