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End of 'academic sanctuary'
« on: Monday, 29 July, 2019 @ 23:26:04 »
Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for police

Greece will propose legislation this week to scrap academic sanctuary, a law that was designed to protect protesting students and freedom of ideas but which the new government says is used as a cover for lawlessness.

The law is a legacy of the crackdown by the then military junta on students on Nov. 17, 1973, when a tank burst through the gates of the Athens Polytechnic, killing dozens, and leaving a deep rooted suspicion towards authority among Greeks.

The day became a defining moment in the nation’s history, and on each anniversary students march solemnly through Athens with a blood-stained flag. The prospect of the law being scrapped has brought some students out onto the streets.

Under the 1982 law, which has already been repealed and reinstated by different governments in the past years, Greek universities have been largely out of bounds to police.

But the newly elected Conservative government says the notion of academic sanctuary has outlived its purpose and is now being hijacked by criminal elements.