Acts of intimidation and violence spread, intensify

Acts of intimidation and violence spread, intensify

Around 10 hooded men ransacked the Thessaloniki offices of the Union of Newspaper Journalists of Macedonia and Thrace on Thursday.

The assailants barged into the building at 5 Stratigou Kallari Street in the city center around noon and headed up to the union’s offices on the second floor, where they smashed computers and furniture.

They also scattered fliers on which insulting comments against the media were printed and claimed, according to witnesses, that their “intervention” was meant to express support for prison inmates.

A similar attack occurred on Wednesday at the offices of Thessaloniki’s municipal radio and TV station, where one worker was injured during a scuffle with the troublemakers.

Also on Wednesday, vandals managed to enter the University of Macedonia’s main building through a side entrance and made their way to the first floor of offices, where they splashed paint on the walls and smashed furniture, windows and office equipment.

Speaking to Kathimerini, the University of Macedonia’s rector Achilleas Zapranis said he would be taking recourse to the European University Association (EUA) in order to make the agency aware of the situation in Greece, where universities have increasingly been coming under attack from anti-establishment groups.