Univer­sity slams gov’t for not stop­ping sitin

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The se­nate of Thes­sa­loniki’s Aris­to­tle Univer­sity yes­ter­day hit out at the govern­ment for fail­ing to stop the oc­cu­pa­tion of two of its fac­ul­ties by hun­dreds of ac­tivists back­ing the pro-refugee No Bor­der Camp that left wide­spread van­dal­ism in its wake.

“The Aris­to­tle Univer­sity ex­pe­ri­enced a type of oc­cu­pa­tion over the past few days,” the state­ment said. “A group of Greek and for­eign anti-es­tab­lish­ment pro­test­ers or­ga­nized a free camp­site on the univer­sity cam­pus, oc­cu­pied two build­ings, broke doors and painted on walls,” it said, adding that the univer­sity had ex­pressed its op­po­si­tion to the sitin. “Un­for­tu­nately the Greek state tol­er­ated [the sit­u­a­tion] and left the univer­sity to fend for it­self,” it said.

The univer­sity called on lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions to op­pose sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives in the fu­ture.

Con­struc­tion work­ers are busy at the build­ing that is to be­come the con­ser­va­tive party’s new head­quar­ters, on Pireos Street, in Moschato, south­ern Athens, yes­ter­day. Cash-strapped New Democ­racy is set to move from its cur­rent premises on Syn­grou Av­enue, picked by for­mer con­ser­va­tive premier An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras five years ago, by the end of next month.

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