THESSALONIKI – A team of hooded people – the trademark of Greek anarchists – stormed on Thursday through the offices of the Union of Newspaper Journalists of Macedonia and Thrace in the country’s second-largest city.
The assailants barged into the building at 5 Stratigou Kallari Street in the city center and into the union’s offices on the second floor, where they smashed computers and furniture, Kathimerini reported in the latest attack by anti-establishment groups, for which no one has been arrested or prosecuted.
They also scattered flyers bearing insulting comments against the media and claimed, according to witnesses, that their “intervention” was meant to express support for prison inmates, including terrorists they want released.
A similar attack occurred on Dec. 20 at the offices of Thessaloniki’s municipal radio and television station, where one worker was injured during a scuffle with the troublemakers.
Major opposition parties said the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party that is riddled with anarchist and terrorist sympathizers has condoned and even encouraged the violence by not going after those responsible.
After his school was for a second time targeted by vandals smashing equipment and assaulting students, University of Macedonia rector Achilleas Zapranis, said a law that makes universities sanctuaries and a police-free zone has to stop being abused.
“We need to finish giving amnesty to crime,” said Zapranis, adding that SYRIZA is using the asylum law to protect its sympathizers from the police, who aren’t allowed to enter college grounds without permission, which has also resulted in attacks on professors, buildings sprayed with graffiti and open drug dealing.
Vandals broke into the university’s main building Dec. 20 – after several days earlier also going on a rampage there – and splashed paint on the walls and smashed furniture, windows and office equipment.
Speaking to SKAI TV, Zapranis said, with the government not acting, that he would take complaints about the growing culture of impunity for violators to the European University Association (EUA) to expose what’s going on in Greece.
On Dec. 16, concerns about incidents of violence at university faculties peaked after assailants wielding wooden sticks attacked students at an Athens University campus on Academias Street in central Athens, sending four of them to the hospital.