The photograph of a Greek rector being abused and humiliated by anarchists inside his own office in Athens University on Thursday has caused outrage in Greece.
The image shows the rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Dimitris Bourantonis, being forced to wear a placard reading “Solidarity with Squats,” as he is being held by his captives.
The group of anarchists proceeded in ransacking his office, destroying equipment and furniture. They also spray painted the walls with anarchist symbols.
“This is one of the most violent attacks in recent years on a Greek higher institution and the damage caused is estimated at several thousand euros,” the University said in a statement.
“Such illegal, violent and anti-democratic actions have no place in the University. Academic freedom, respect for life and personality, and democracy are fundamental and non-negotiable values of the university,” it added.
No arrests have been made in the incident.
In 2019, Greece’s center-right government overturned a law that had prohibited police from entering universities.
PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, insisted the old law – regarded as sacrosanct in a country that had once known military rule – had turned campuses into dens of criminality and no-go zones for police.
But, despite the new law, hoodlums and anarchist groups continue to terrorize the academic community in Greece.