Authorities at Athens University and Athens Law School did not call in the police Friday when some 200 anarchists staged a sit-in at the latter institution. The anarchists took over the Law School in the morning.
Some were carrying wooden clubs and fire extinguishers, according to witnesses. The students and lecturers who were in the building were forced out.
University officials spoke to Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Yiannis Panousis but it was decided that the police would not intervene due to a fear that the situation would escalate. Instead, authorities took the decision to allow the protest to peter out.
The anarchists were demanding the release of November 17 member Savvas Xeros and several relatives of members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, who are being held on charges of being accomplices to the latter’s crimes, as well as the scrapping of maximum-security prisons and anti-terrorism laws.