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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-22

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  • [01] Gov't on university asylum

  • [01] Gov't on university asylum

    The government on Monday declined to comment over a decision by the administration of Athens polytechnic -- officially known as the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) -- to refuse to lift its campus asylum status, saying this concerns the operation of the independent justice system<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">. As regards a proposal by Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) President George Karatzaferis concerning the lifting of the university asylum regime, government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said the government has made its own proposals on the issue, which have already become a law of the state. "Requesting the lifting of university asylum is up to the prosecutor and the university administrative body," Antonaros said, adding that "those who are responsible for maintaining order in universities and ensuring their smooth operation will do their duty." Commenting on the likelihood of amending the university asylum framework, Antonaros stated that existing laws have been passed recently, stressing that they should be implemented as well.

    Critics of the university asylum policy in Greece, applied in its present form since the early 1980s, charge that merely serves as a haven for self-styled anarchist and anti-state trouble-makers, as well as even petty criminals, to assemble and unleash urban attacks without the fear of arrest. Widespread vandalism is also blamed on the asylum policy, critics, including Karatzaferis, charge.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo shows the entrance to the Athens Polytechnic amid various banners strung up by student-affiliated political groups.

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