[Marxism] crackdown at Athens U divides Syriza officials

Dayne Goodwin daynegoodwin at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 00:25:05 MDT 2015

Crackdown on uni sit-in deepens rifts in SYRIZA
Katherimini, Athens, April 17

A police operation on Friday to eject 14 protesters from Athens
University’s central campus after a 19-day sit-in deepened fissures
between the hard core and moderate elements of the leftist-led

At issue is universities’ right to asylum from police intervention,
abolished by the previous administration and currently being
reinstated by SYRIZA. The issue has been a bone of contention in the
government since the start of the protest, with Alternate Minister for
Citzens’ Protection Yiannis Panousis calling for police action and
Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis staunchly upholding university asylum.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras eventually gave the green light.

Differences were also apparent after the operation, with SYRIZA’s
parliamentary spokesman Thanasis Petrakos saying that “university
asylum is non-negotiable.”

SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis defended the decision as “serving
democracy and supporting public education,” while Labor Ministry Panos
Skourletis said the crackdown was justified due to the small number of

The harshest criticism, however, came from SYRIZA’s youth wing, which
condemned the action as a “concession to pressure from the
terror-hysteria of the conservative bloc and pro-establishment media.”
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