Bid to clear squats prompts uni­ver­sity raid

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An em­ployee of Thes­saly Uni­ver­sity was in­jured yes­ter­day when a group of pro­test­ers forced their way into the in­sti­tu­tion’s rec­torate due to a dis­pute over two build­ings that are be­ing used as squats.

“This ac­tion was an at­tack against pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and de­mands a re­sponse,” said the uni­ver­sity’s coun­cil of rec­tors in a state­ment fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent in the city of Vo­los. “The uni­ver­sity has re­ferred the mat­ter to the jus­tice sys­tem and is ask­ing for the state’s sup­port to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of stu­dents, the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety.”

A group of anti-es­tab­lish­ment ac­tivists smashed equip­ment and de­stroyed doc­u­ments when they forced their way into the the rec­torate yes­ter­day. One mem­ber of staff had to be taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries after try­ing to pre­vent the group from tak­ing doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to a ten­der for the de­vel­op­ment of a plot of land owned by the uni­ver­sity.

The as­sailants ap­pear to have been try­ing to pre­vent the pro­ject from tak­ing place as it would in­volve emp­ty­ing two build­ings that are be­ing used as squats. The uni- ver­sity wants to re­de­velop the plot to ex­pand its poly­tech­nic school fol­low­ing a painstak­ing process of amass­ing land and funds over al­most two decades.

The rec­tor’s of­fice in­formed the lo­cal po­lice and pros­e­cu­tor about the raid and pressed charges against those in­volved, who ap­pear to be­long to a group call­ing it­self Ter­mita.

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