Hun­dreds call for end to vi­o­lence at uni­ver­si­ties

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Two weeks af­ter a vi­o­lent at­tack on Athens pro­fes­sor An­ge­los Syri­gos on the premises of Pan­teion Univer­sity, 2,186 aca­demics and in­tel­lec­tu­als have signed a joint state­ment con­demn­ing the as­sault and a re­cent resur­gence of law­less­ness on col­lege cam­puses.

In a state­ment ti­tled “End law­less­ness in the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” the sig­na­to­ries ap­pealed to the govern­ment and the aca­demic com­mu­nity to “un­der­take ini­tia­tives to halt the vi­o­lence which is stig­ma­tiz­ing our state- run higher ed­u­ca­tion.” “The re­spon­si­bil­ity, ul­ti­mately, is not only that of the at­tack­ers but also all those who do not de­fend the pub­lic arena that is ed­u­ca­tion,” the state­ment said. “One can only won­der how long it will be be­fore one of those strikes to the head turns out to be fa­tal,” it added. Syri­gos was hos­pi­tal­ized on Fe­bru­ary 15 af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a group of young men who he told off for tag­ging a wall at Pan­teion Univer­sity. Two of the al­leged as­sailants have been charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm.

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