Tol­er­ance of No Border Camp thin

Thes­sa­loniki res­i­dents, uni­ver­sity au­thor­i­ties fed up with van­dal­ism, protests

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Res­i­dentsof Thes­sa­loniki are run­ning out of pa­tience with ac­tivists tak­ing part in the unau­tho­rized, prorefugee No Border Camp at the Aris­to­tle Uni­ver­sity (AU), Kathimerini un­der­stands, while au­thor­i­ties of the Uni­ver­sity of Mace­do­nia (UOM) are con­cerned about be­com­ing the tar­get of van­dal­ism like the AU.

A demon­stra­tion staged in cen­tral Thes­sa­loniki by ac­tivists on Thurs­day night did not go down well with lo­cals. One ob­server told Kathimerini that par­tic­i­pants car­ried large wooden poles and painted slo­gans on walls. He added that the demon­stra­tors had brought chil­dren into their ranks in a bid to gain sym­pa­thy for their cause. “But that’s im­pos­si­ble af­ter what has hap­pened over the past 10 days.”

On Thurs­day, around 150 self­styled an­ar­chists at­tacked a build­ing hous­ing the Thes­sa­loniki City Hall. The per­pe­tra­tors, who tar­geted the premises of the EU’s Europe Di­rect Thes­sa­loniki branch as well as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, caused dam­age to equip­ment, threw paint and sprayed slo­gans.

Yes­ter­day, the rec­tor of the UOM, Achil­leas Zapra­nis, or­dered guards to close the fac­ulty ear­lier than usual to avoid sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

Some of the Span­ish par­tic­i­pants in the camp were due to leave yes- ter­day, Kathimerini un­der­stands. Mean­while, re­main­ing ac­tivists – who in­clude Greek, Ital­ian and Dutch na­tion­als – were to travel to Sk­ouries in Halkidiki to protest against a for­eign gold mine op­er­at­ing there. Today, camp par­tic­i­pants are to travel to Evros in north­ern Greece to protest against the border fence that has been set up to stop mi­grants sneak­ing across the border.

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