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Anarchists leave behind vandalized Law School

The five-day occupation of the Athens Law School by anarchists ended yesterday afternoon revealing serious damage from vandalism to the building.

 

The corridors of school were littered with destroyed equipment, books burned for kindling, and the fires lit by the so-called anarchists.

In particular, today the Law School will remain closed as early in the morning cleaning crews will get to work.

Yesterday, after the end of the occupation, the building was visited by the rector of Athens University Thanos Dimopoulos and deans of the two faculties hosted there. The visit was conducted with the utmost secrecy as entry was denied to all else (and therefore the media), in order to "not raise the asylum issue" as stated.

However, according to information from Kathimerini, Mr. Dimopoulos in communication with Mr. Panousiss reportedly conveyed that there are no broken marble and toilets, but there were burn marks on the floor and some items were “removed”.

Information from academics who spoke with members of both schools confirmed burnt corridors, broken doors, while significant damage and looting were recorded in the Dean's of Economic and Political Sciences office, which had been renovated recently.

The departure of the anarchists was orderly and was negotiated by university leadership and representatives of student associations. On the part of the occupiers, a lawyer negotiated their main demand, which was to leave without being arrested, which was met.

In contrast, however, the Head of the Athens Prosecution Elias Zagoraios discovered 'inertia' during the ongoing occupation. The motion of the prosecutor was not clear if it were an order for direct intervention in the building. There seems to have been a back and forth between law enforcement and the judiciary. The same interpretation can be given to the chsrged notice of rectors, who said that "we expect other stakeholders to take the necessary steps to end an intolerable situation."

For his part, Justice minister Panousis reportedly believes that "politics and society, not the police have to solve these kinds of situations."