Fears of up­heaval at uni­ver­sity cam­pus sitin

Ac­tivists have brought hun­dreds of mi­grants from nearby camps into premises of Thes­sa­loniki in­sti­tu­tion

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Po­lice in Thes­sa­loniki fear prompt­ing up­heaval if they in­ter­vene in an on­go­ing sitin at the city’s Aris­to­tle Uni­ver­sity, or­ga­nized by sup­port­ers of the No Bor­der Camp pro-refugee move­ment, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Po­lice have briefed pros­e­cu­tors about de­vel­op­ments on the cam­pus, where ac­tivists have oc­cu­pied the phi­los­o­phy and law schools and set up makeshift show­ers and kitchens, ac­cord­ing to sources. How­ever, they are keen to avoid up­heaval, es­pe­cially as hun­dreds of mi­grants from re­cep­tion cen­ters have been brought onto the premises, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

An es­ti­mated 1,000 peo­ple have ar­rived on the site since last Fri­day.

Uni­ver­sity au­thor­i­ties have ex­pressed con­cern about the safety of equip­ment and books on the premises af­ter ac­tivists broke into the phi­los­o­phy faculty on Fri­day.

On Sun­day, ac­tivists leased six buses and used them to shut­tle mi­grants to the cam­pus from re­cep­tion cen­ters in the broader re­gion. Al­though par­tic­i­pants at the sitin have said the mi­grants will re­turn to the cen­ters once the event is over, au­thor­i­ties fear the cam­pus might be trans­formed into a makeshift camp for mi­grants and refugees.

Gior­gos Kyrit­sis, the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial re­spon­si­ble for co­or­di­nat­ing Greece’s re­sponse to the refugee cri­sis, said he was “not both­ered” by the sitin, “as long as it does not dis­turb the smooth op­er­a­tion of the uni­ver­sity.”

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