University asylum formally abolished

Greek parliament

Greek parliament

Greece’s long-standing asylum privilege which prevented police authorities from accessing University campuses, was abolished on Thursday.

The abolition of the university asylum came after article 64 of the inter-ministerial bill was passed on Thursday evening by New Democracy and Greek Solution MPs who voted in favour.

The government’s controversial move to remove this university privilege sparked protests in Greek Parliament.

KINAL, KKE and Greek Solution walked out in protest of the Vroutsis amendments but returned during the roll-call.

Movement For Change (Kinima Allagis-KINAL) voted ‘present’, while the Greek Communist Party (KKE) voted against the article.

Main opposition party SYRIZA and MeRA25 did not partake in the voting as they had both walked out of the plenary in protest of a last minute addition of two law amendments by Labour Minister Giannis Vroutsis, the first introducing a maximum monthly pension payout cap of 4,608 euros and the second pertaining to workers’ firings and compensations.