General News: Migrants enter 7th day of hunger strike

Some 250 illegal migrants who took over an Athens University Law School downtown Athens building last week and were subsequently moved early Friday to a nearby neoclassical building entered the seventh day of a hunger strike on Monday, to press their demand for legalisation.

The leader of the Solidarity Initiative for the 237 hunger strikers Petros Giotis told ANA-MPA on Monday that 133 of the migrants were camped out inside the building, in a 200 square meter area on the ground floor and semi-basement that has been made available to them, while the remaining 133 were living in tents in the yard.

Giotis also said that no further rooms in the building have been opened to shelter those currently camped out in the yard even though, he added, there were more spaces that could be used on the first floor and the semi-basement.

The neo-classical building, a few kilometers away from the Law School building, which is closed for renovation, was initially made available by the owner after negotiations with authorities for 15 days.

The Law School Council of Rectors has proposed the relocation of the migrants to another building in downtown Kaniggos Square, on condition that they will remain there until they end the hunger strike, but Giotis said a complication has arisen with the owner of the Kaniggos building and the matter has not progressed.

Eight summoned to testify over occupation in Law School building

Appeals Court Public Prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis on Monday sent out eight summons to suspects being charged over their part in the occupation of an Athens university law school building by hundreds of illegal immigrants. The eight suspects have been asked to testify in a preliminary inquiry into the affair on Wednesday and Thursday.

One of the summons sent out was to Athens University rector Theodosis Pelegrinis, who is being charged with a misdemeanour offence of breach of duty over his handling of the incident and will be asked to provide explanations for his actions.

The remaining summons are for the criminal offence of trafficking migrants and concern the assistance provided to the group of migrants in reaching Athens from Crete. They have been sent to the members of the "Solidarity Committee" that helped the migrants to organise their protest and enter the university building, where they would be covered by asylum legislation that barred police from entering to remove them without permission from university authorities.

The prosecutor is also continuing an investigation into the offences of disturbing the peace and damaging property.

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