What’s Going On in Greece?
Do riots in Athens portend demonstrations in Paris and Cincinnati?
The coming days will prove whether calm will prevail over unrest, or whether the government will have to change its policy of not intervening in protests it considers healthy for democracy.
On Wednesday, the government, which has been weakened by political scandal, defended its response to the protests, saying it had chosen not to crack down to avoid further bloodshed.
Greece has frequent protests, but those in the last several days here and in other cities have been the worst in decades. The Athens Trade Association estimated damages of about $1.3 billion.