Until recently, the police was not allowed to enter university
property even if they were in the middle of chasing down criminal
offenders. Exceptions were only granted after a series of
Greece was the only country in the world featuring such a law.
It was created after the fall of the Greek military regime in 1974
and was meant to protect individuals from prosecution for political
Between 1967 and 1974 Greece was governed by a military junta
led by Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos. On the 17th November 1973,
Papadopoulos sent security forces including a tank to crush a
student uprising at the National Technical University of Athens
killing 24 protestors.
No asylum, no austerity
In the past months, however, criminals had repeatedly taken
advantage of this law during the protests against the Greek
austerity measures, Greek officials stated.
Giorgos Papandreou, Greek's Prime Minister from the Socialist
Party, therefore agreed with the conservative opposition party to
abolish the law. It was the first time in 35 years that they agreed
on voting together.
The austerity measures, by contrast, are continuously opposed by
the Conservatives despite calls from the European Union to show
political unity in times of financial turmoil and the Greek debt