UPDATE 12.41: Mainstream media falsely report that the occupation of the administration building of the Aristotle University is over and that an agreement has been reached with the occupiers. Truth is, that the administration has been forced to issue a statement condemning (even if vaguely) subcontracting as a policy- yet no concrete action has yet been announced on its side. The occupation continues at least until Thursday, the day of the general strike.
A wave of recent occupations (permanent or less-so) has occured in some of the major Greek cities – and this in light of an order by the new attorney general of the country’s Supreme Court directly targeting political occupations.
In Thessaloniki, the administration building of the Aristotle University has been occupied for the past two weeks (since 16.03) in solidarity with Konstantina Kuneva and with the demand that the university stops using subcontracting companies for its cleaning operations.The occupation has been at the centre of attention, media and otherwise, as its vice-chancellor has openly threatened that should the occupation not end, he will try and allow access to the police in the campus – directly violating the country’s academic asylum law.
Today, 31.03, the university Senate assembled to discuss the situation. The senate meeting was flooded by members of the university (students and staff) who quickly turned it into an attack against vice-chancellor Manthos for refusing to end subcontracting in the university. It is also positive that the possibility of lifting the academic asylum was not raised. At the same time, the senate buildings of the universities of Athens, Panteion (also in Athens) and Patras were all occupied for a few hours, in solidarity.
Photo from the Senate meeting in Thessaloniki:
Meanwhile, since March 20, a threat has been hanging of a mass operation against occupied social spaces across the country. This was initiated by an order given by the newly-instated attorney-general of the Supreme Court Y. Sanidas to the regional attorney-generals across the country: According to this, regional attorney generals should investigate whether there are public or private buildings in the areas of their jurisdiction that are under occupation and if so, to order their eviction. This has been followed by a series of articles in corporate mass media against specific occupations (such as Lelas Karayianni in Athens, Matsagou in Volos and others). A helicopter was seen flying over the Yfanet in Thessaloniki as well as that of the university administration today and many now believe a police operation against one or more of the occupations might be imminent.