THESSALONIKI – 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.
The ruling Radical Left SYRIZA, riddled with anarchist and terrorist sympathizers and filled with the ranks of former student protesters, has been accused of looking the other way and implicitly condoning anarchist attacks as a way of re-establishing its Leftist credential after reneging on anti-austerity promises to appease creditors, Capitalists and banks.
“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.
There were around 15 assailants, according to witnesses who said they were all wearing crash helmets and holding wooden sticks.
They barged into the theater studies faculty where students were holding a function at around 2 a.m., the witnesses said, Kathimerini reported.
Apart from beating up several students, four of them seriously, the attackers caused serious damage to the building. Before fleeing, they stole a box of money that the students had collected at the event.