Heated debate in Parliament over univ. asylum issue

Debate over an amendment proposed by main opposition New Democracy (ND) for the abolition of the unique university asylum status enjoyed at most Greek tertiary educational institutions continued in Parliament on Wednesday.

ND rapporteur MP Aris Spiliotopoulos presented the amendment, stressing that university campuses have been “wounded by terrorists, criminal gangs and drug dealers, who take advantage of the sanctuary status enjoyed by the universities in the country”, adding that “the university asylum should not be confused with an entry ban”.

A verbal barrage ensued between the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) and Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA).

LA.OS President George Karatzaferis charged that “anti-establishment groups are a state within the state”. He also referred to the recent takeover of an Athens law school building by illegal migrants and their supporters, as well as the situation in the Greek universities, in general.

SYRIZA parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras recommended “a measure of seriousness” and warned of dangerous phenomena if "migrants are not socially integrated".

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