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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>


  • [01] Illegal migrants evacuate Athens law school
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Illegal migrants evacuate Athens law school

    (ANA-MPA) -- Roughly 250 illegal immigrants -- all from North African countries -- abandoned an under renovation Athens Law School building in the early morning hours of Friday, ending a standoff that drew even more attention to the spectre of illegal migration, while at the same time reopening heated debate on a controversial law that bestows "asylum" on practically every tertiary educational institution in Greece.

    The group of migrants camped inside the law school building and began a hunger strike, as they said, demanding that European Union member-state Greece grant them and all illegal immigrants in the country legalisation and even naturalisation.

    The illegal migrants, all men, evacuated the building in downtown Athens and headed -- along with supporters affiliated with migrants' rights groups and leftist political groupings -- to a neo-classical building a few kilometres away, and after a cursory agreement was achieved with the building's owner.

    The agreement foresees their stay there no more than 15 days.

    The entire group was ferried from the large island of Crete via ferry boat and arrived at dawn on Monday. Most of the migrants ostensibly lack residency papers and even travel documents, working as farm help and unskilled construction workers in Crete, one of the most prosperous regions in the east Mediterranean country of 11 million.

    "The government calmly and decisively ensured the peaceful and safe exit of this group from the university and the termination of the asylum's tresspassing, all while at the same time defending the rule of law," government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis said. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The takeover of an Athens University Law School building in central Athens by illegal migrants and the economy were the main front-page items in Athens' dailies on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Tragicomic operation at Athens Law School".

    AVGHI: "The migrants must not be forgotten".

    AVRIANI: "How you will get your IKA and OGA pensions".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Chaos, with Papoutsis' (Citizens Protection minister) seal".

    ELEFTHEROS: "They (government) bowed to the blackmail of the Muslim squatters (at Law School)".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "EU demands recognition of 'degrees' from franchise colleges here and now".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Odyssey of 250 'hostages' (illegal migrants at Law School)".

    ESTIA: "Resignation: Unknown word".

    ETHNOS: "Shadow Theater, with illegal migrants as the bit actors".

    IMERISSIA: "No to debt restructuring - Papandreou's optimistic message at Davos (World Economic Forum)".

    KATHIMERINI: "Bargaining and ultimatums at Law School".

    LOGOS: "Negotiations for the...self-evident".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Option of debt buy-back is attractive".

    PARASKEVI+13 (weekly): "The 'poor devils' in prison (for overdue debts to the state) - The Siemens kickback scandal 'gang' in the salons".

    NIKI: "Dangerous game with the university asylum".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Vigilance of the people prompted by incident at Law School".

    TA NEA: "They moved them (illegal migrants) from the Law School at dawn".

    VRADYNI: "Night of agony (marathon negotiations with illegal migrants for their relocation from Law School)".

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