General News: Charges against law school takeover; minister appeals for end to hunger strike

An appellate-level prosecutor has indicated that criminal acts were committed during a takeover of an Athens Law School building last month by a group of more than 250 illegal migrants and their local supporters.

Prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis proposed that misdemeanor charges of disorderly behaviour and vandalism of public property be filed against the illegals -- mostly North African nationals ferried to Athens from Crete.

Also to face charges are eight members of the 'Solidarity Committee' that helped bring the migrants from Crete, for instigating their actions.
Finally, the prosecutor recommended that charges be filed against the school's rector, Theodosis Pelegrinis, for breach of duty -- due to his delay in lifting the "university asylum" status so that law enforcement officers could enter the facility to remove the protesting and hunger-striking migrants.

Migrants and their supporters proceeded with the takeover in order to demand that the Greek government unconditionally legalise all migrants in the country.

In statements to reporters on Thursday, Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis once again ruled out all prospect of an "exception" that would give the migrants involved legal residence and appealed both to them - and those supporting and encouraging them - to end their hunger strike.

The migrants are currently continuing their hunger strike in a building given for their use in central Athens.
"It is not possible for Greece to carry out mass legalisations because, if such a thing were done, we would be in grave danger as a country. For the government, there is no other road apart from implementing the existing law that was only recently passed by Parliament," Ragoussis said.

The minister also pointed out that the 250 migrants taking part in the hunger strike there can be a period of "tolerance" of about six months, with the possibility that this might be extended, that is given by one of the basic provisions of European legislation that has also been incorporated into Greek law.

The minister underlined that Greece had to adopt a tough stance on this issue, in light of an expected surge of migrants fleeing troubled North African countries but also an estimated 50 million 'climate change' refugees that are expected to be created.

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