OPINION

Open for learning, not chaos

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, a group of extremist university students, the ones that usually stage sit-ins at the country’s universities and keep them closed, protested because they want university grounds to remain open this coming weekend. Obviously they don’t want the campuses open so that they can facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and the free movement of ideas. No, what they most likely want is the freedom to disseminate flammable materials and incendiary devices among those who want to re-enact the riots of last December on the anniversary of a policeman’s fatal shooting of a schoolboy. Thankfully, the majority of political groups on university grounds as well as the academic community have voiced their opposition to these extremists and wish to protect their campuses and public property. After all, Greek taxpayers should not be obliged to pick up the pieces and pay the tab for millions of euros whenever these groups go on the rampage. Everyone wants universities whose doors are always open, but we want the doors open to those who wish to learn, not to those who want to create chaos.