Univer­si­ties see fur­ther ten­sion

Vice rec­tor in Thes­sa­loniki resigns, stu­dents dis­rupt se­nate tele­con­fer­ence

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There was another day of ten­sion at Greek univer­si­ties yes­ter­day, with a se­nior aca­demic re­sign­ing in Thes­sa­loniki and stu­dents dis­rupt­ing a se­nate meet­ing in the north­ern city.

The vice rec­tor at the Aris­to­tle Univer­sity in Thes­sa­loniki, Yian­nis Tz­i­fopou­los, re­signed after an older TV in­ter­view of his was posted on­line. In the footage, Tz­i­fopou­los ar­gued that univer­sity au­thor­i­ties should take a harder line.

“I am afraid un­less those of us in power be­come more fas­cist-like, the Greeks will not change,” he said. “If you mis­be­have you should get a slap as hap­pens in Ger­many, Aus­tralia, Canada and all the se­ri­ous coun­tries in the world.”

Tz­i­fopou­los ar­gued that the clips up­loaded onto the In­ter­net re­moved the con­text from his com­ments dur­ing the in­ter­view.

The vice rec­tor’s res­ig­na­tion, though, did not dampen the re­ac­tions.

A group of stu­dents in­ter­rupted a tele­con­fer­ence of univer­sity se­nate mem­bers and pre- vented them from con­tin­u­ing their dis­cus­sion.

The un­rest came a day after stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Athens dumped trash on vice rec­tor An­to­nis Kalokairi­nos’s desk in protest at mea­sures re­cently in­tro­duced by rec­tor Theodoros Fort­sakis. The in­ci­dent was recorded and up­loaded onto the In­ter­net.

Re­act­ing to the stu­dents’ ac­tions at Athens Univer­sity, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­dreas Lover­dos sug­gested that the in­sti­tu­tion’s au­thor­i­ties should take le­gal ac­tion against those in­volved.

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