ATHENS – Greek police said they have identified eight people who tore into the Athens University of Economics and Business on Oct. 29 and assaulted Rector Dimitris Bourantonis in his office, hanging a sign around his neck in support of squatters.
They were not named, as usual, but could face a range of charges including membership in a criminal gang, abduction and coercion over the attack that set off outrage and led the New Democracy government to propose tougher security measures for campuses.
The police department’s preliminary investigation, conducted by Attica’s Security Directorate, also includes charges of unlawful detention, violence, disruption to the operation of a public service and damage to property, said Kathimerini.
The eight suspects were among the group of about 15 hooded assailants who hurled verbal abuse and threats against Bourantonis and then boasted in a photo posted on social media.
They also smashed computers and equipment and sprayed slogans on the walls and furniture in another incident of violence at a Greek university that has seen professors attacked and even beaten.
The new measures to safeguard those on the school grounds included setting up campus police forces, installing surveillance cameras, identification cards for entrance and tougher penalties for offenders after the government ended a policy of asylum on college property that saw police barred in most cases for lesser crimes.