The 21-year-old anarchist Nikos Romanos who had been convicted of robbery ended his hunger strike after 31 days when Greece ‘s parliament voted on a new amendment that allows him to attend university courses under electronic supervision.
Meanwhile, SYRIZA characterized the new amendment as a win for Romanos and a win for democracy and the parliamentary system.
This morning Romanos decided to stop drinking liquids, after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against an earlier court decision regarding the prisoners’ educational furloughs. SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, spoke with the Greek President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and the Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos noting that “a person’s life comes first. We need to find a solution.”
According to the new amendment, prisoners who have been admitted to university institutions will have the right to attend on-campus courses, while wearing monitoring bracelets if they have successfully completed the first two months of the semester via distance learning.
Romanos had been on a hunger strike since November 10. Authorities refused to give him educational leave so that he could attend on-campus courses at the technical university where he was admitted after passing the Pan-hellenic exams. He is currently serving a 15-year-and-11-month sentence for armed bank robbery.