Sum­mer camp for ac­tivists

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Some­times things have to reach ab­surd lev­els for us to un­der­stand that we have grown ac­cus­tomed to liv­ing with mad­ness. The trans­for­ma­tion of Thes­sa­loniki’s Aris­to­tle Univer­sity into a sum­mer camp for ac­tivists of the No Border move­ment, with all the dan­gers that this en­tails, forces us to see where tol­er­ance of il­le­gal­ity is lead­ing. When parts of cen­tral Athens are havens for self-pro­claimed anti-state ac­tivists, when univer­sity asy­lum turns into the im­po­si­tion of a mi­nor­ity’s will on the ma­jor­ity, when graf­fiti and dam­age to public and pri­vate build­ings is seen as an ex­pres­sion of youth­ful re­bel­lion, it is natural that lo­cal and for­eign ac­tivists will think that they can do what­ever they like here. The con­cerns of the univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion, City Hall and the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity don’t ap­pear to have had any ef­fect on the gov­ern­ment. Those in power should re­mem­ber that they are re­spon­si­ble for the se­cu­rity of cit­i­zens and for the pro­tec­tion of public and pri­vate prop­erty.

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