No­vem­ber 17, the day af­ter

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

and self-styled an­ar­chists mark­ing the No­vem­ber 17 protest. So, it must have been to the rec­tor’s great re­lief that the squat­ters were gone yes­ter­day (“It’s the week­end, you see,” a friend and jour­nal­ist in the know re­marked) and that the ex­tent of the dam­age they left in their wake was “only lim­ited” – a few smashed slabs of mar­ble here and there to pro­vide pro­jec­tiles that were used against po­lice and a traf­fic light torn down from Patis­sion Street. The big deal is that even though a prose­cu­tor gave the green light on Thurs­day night for the po­lice to storm the build­ing if the sit­u­a­tion got out of hand, the cam­pus re­mained in­vi­o­late. Of course, dump­sters were burned, stones were thrown and the area around the Polytech­nio ex­pe­ri­enced yet an­other night of “clashes be­tween po­lice and self-styled an­ar­chists,” as so many head­lines in­formed us. But the po­lice did not cross the thresh­old – this is ob­vi­ously a priv­i­lege re­served for anti-es­tab­lish­ment ac­tivists, rab­ble-rousers and their mates. This is hardly sur­pris­ing given the po­lit­i­cal stakes of a po­lice in­ter­ven­tion and the re­tal­i­a­tion that would al­most cer­tainly fol­low. Now, though, the vi­o­lence of Thurs­day night will be over­shad­owed by the next bout of ri­ot­ing, the dam­age will be mended in some way

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