Greece announced on Sunday that it will deport nine Europeans involved in disruptive anti-Israel protests at the University of Athens School of Law in May.

The nine, consisting of one man and eight women aged 22 to 33, were among the 28 people arrested on May 14 for occupying buildings at the law school. Riot police and state security agents, with the rector’s consent, ended the illegal occupation.

Unlike the Greek students arrested, the nine foreigners had no connection to the university. They were charged with disturbing the peace, damaging property, disrupting university operations, trespassing, and bringing weapons to the campus. Confiscated items included smoke grenades, clubs, anarchist literature, Palestinian flags, and cans of paint for vandalism.

While the Greek students were released pending trial, the foreign nationals from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain were detained pending deportation. Greek officials labeled them “unwanted aliens,” citing threats to public safety and national security.

Lawyers for the detainees argued that their clients, who live and work in Greece, would be unable to attend their trial if deported, calling the orders “arbitrary and illegal.” They also claimed the detainees were held in poor conditions without interpreters.

The detainees stated that the Greek state’s reaction was “fragile and audacious” and linked the university occupation to the context of “genocide.”

Israel Hayom reported that while Greece has historically been more tolerant of Palestinian protests compared to the US or UK, the government under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who supports Israel’s right to self-defense, may be setting a new precedent with these deportations.