The procedure for hiring the university campus police will soon begin so that they will be ready to go into action when universities start their new academic year in September, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis announced in an interview with "Kathimerini" on Sunday.
He noted that the purpose of the new force is not only to solve and prosecute crimes but to avert them from happening: "So there are no more humiliated rectors, or occupations that act as strongholds, like that of ASOEE or at Gini. Universities need freedom, democracy and security, not safehouses, occupations and intimidation."
He said that the members of the force will be given training in self-defence but also in understanding the educational sector and the institutional framework in which universities operate.
On the protest rallies held during the lockdown, despite a ban, Chrisochoidis said that the orders were violated by large numbers of people that wanted to protest and that it was "inconceivable" for the police to clash with them.
"However, the relevant evidence has been transferred to the public prosecutor's office, which must decide on the procedure going forward," he added.