The Minister of Public Order, Mr. George Voulgarakis, stated the following after the conclusion of the demonstration for the 32nd anniversary since the Polytechnic School events:
΄΄This year we witnessed the calmest demonstration ever as to the events at the Polytechnic School 32 years ago.
The demonstration?s peaceful and celebrating nature has been protected, as is indeed appropriate in a democratic state.
The citizens had the opportunity to participate without hindrances to the celebration, honoring this day.
The forces of the Police operated with professionalism, method, coordination and operational efficiency.
I would like to congratulate them for this.
I would also like to point out the very good cooperation we had with all competent bodies for the organization of this demonstration.
In this way, both the Police Force and the citizens managed to achieve a very good result, which is of paramount importance.΄΄
Responding to a question by a journalist regarding the incidents in Thessalonica, Mr. Voulgarakis stated the following:
Thessalonica is a special case due to the location of the University in the city.
Besides, the leaders of these small-scale incidents did not participate in the demonstration but had been staying inside the University since noon, a place where the Police Force could not intervene.
As you all know, ΄University Asylum΄ applies and this is something that has to do with the Rector΄s Authority.