OPINION

End asylum for gangs, criminals

The recent intervention of Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, who asked for an investigation to be launched into the occupation of public buildings and into the activities that are being carried out during these occupations in connection with the ongoing debate about university asylum, which prohibits police from entering university premises without permission from academic authorities, is beginning to bear fruit. Greece must be the only country in the world where the right to seek asylum within university buildings is being used as a cover for people committing crimes against the state and public property, where hoodlums who go on the rampage, smashing shops and cars, can flee from the police and find protection in academic premises. Let us now hope that the academic authorities will live up to their responsibilities and protect the country’s universities from further vandalism and theft. The university asylum law is there to protect free thinking, not to shield gangs and common criminals.