Greeks have grown used to street protests after consecutive years of economic decline. However, they were still shocked by the damage on the night of February 12th. Criminals, not leftists, were to blame, some victims claimed. Whoever was responsible, the arson attacks have reinforced fears that, as the economy gets worse, social disruption will continue.
Greek GDP shrank by almost 7 percent in 2011. It will fall again this year by at least another 4 percent, according to the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, who are in charge of Greece’s bail-out. Greek politicians say they are determined to do better.