Students in Athens protest police operation in Komotini

Greece
Tue, 6 Feb 2024 9:00 GMT
Downtown Athens was briefly closed to traffic again on Monday evening, as students protested a police operation to end a sit-in at Democritus University’s School of Law in Komotini,
Students in Athens protest police operation in Komotini

Downtown Athens was briefly closed to traffic again on Monday evening, as students protested a police operation to end a sit-in at Democritus University’s School of Law in Komotini, northern Greece.

According to kathimerini, protesters gathered at Athens University’s historic Propylaea, burned flares and held up banners decrying the police’s intervention at so-called university “occupations,” usually involving a few dozen students barricading themselves into a school or faculty for several days.

Claims have emerged that the police used unnecessary force in the Komotini operation on Monday, throwing students to the ground and hitting them. Eighteen students were remanded, with six being released later in the day.

Sit-in protests and public rallies have gained momentum in recent days, ahead of planned legislation permitting private universities to operate in Greece.

Supporters of the scheme say it will give Greek families more options without having to send their children abroad. 

Opponents see the move as a violation of the public character of education, as enshrined in the Greek Constitution.

Photo:Kathimerini

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